Mohamed Syala, Libya’s foreign minister, lambasted the international community’s ‘silence’ over Khalifa Haftar’s blockade of oil ports [Salvatore Di Nolfi/EPA-EFE]

Geneva, Switzerland – Libya’s foreign minister, Mohammed Syala, on Monday accused the international community of remaining silent over the country’s oil blockade in order to avoid a drop in oil prices, calling the move “inhuman”.

Libya’s economy is on its knees after renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar blocked the country’s eastern oil ports and fields on January 18 in an attempt to cut financial revenues to the UN-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) which sits in the capital, Tripoli.

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“We are astonished at the international community’s inaction with regard to the oil blockade. They have intervened before, why they don’t do it now?”

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