Libyan navy detained tanker Morning Glory at rebel-controlled port

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Libyan navy seized the North Korean-flagged tanker Morning Glory loaded with crude oil from a rebel-controlled port. Libyan authority accused the ship for an attempt to leave the country without central government permission. Morning Glory was intercepted while leaving the eastern port of As-Sidra and later the tanker was ordered to visit a state-controlled port. Rebels in other hand had not confirmed this information and announced that the vessel was not under the control of the state.

Despite sailing under the flag of North Korea, it is not known who is the owner of the tanker. Libya forces were ordered by the parliament to liberate all the ports controlled by the rebels in one week. The Libyan government plans to take back the rebel-controlled ports with the help of a team of regular soldiers and allied militias. The ports under the control of the rebels handled in the past more than 700,000 barrels of oil daily. As-Sidra and other major ports in the country are under the control of the separatists for 8 months, as a result the country's oil export and the economy struggle.

Morning Glory did not take into consideration the threat of the Libyan authorities to attack every ship loading crude oil from the rebel-controlled ports and loaded crude oil worth $30 million. Workers loyal to the state, forced the ship to dock to a state-controlled port. The United States informed what will happen to any unauthorized export of crude oil loaded onto the Morning Glory. It has to be clear that the crude oil is owned by the Libya's National Oil Corporation and its three U.S. consortium partners. Earlier, the Libyan government took all necessary measures to ban militants selling the national wealth to the international markets.The Prime Minister Ali Zeidan informed that the captain of the ship, the owner and the country of the flag the vessel sails are responsible for this "crime". 

Background information:

Libyan government struggles to overpower the rebels (they managed to keep their weapons and to challenge the state authority since 2011, some major ports are under their control).