Another tanker was bombed in the vicinity of the Benghazi Port by the Libyan National Army (LNA). According to the spokesman for the LNA Chief of Staff, the vessel was attempting to deliver petrol to a radical Islamist group Ansar Al-Sharia, as it was reported by The Libya Herald.
Ansar Al-Sharia and forces associated to it are believed to be feeling the pressure imposed by the petrol purchasing restrictions in Benghazi, which for a certain time period suspends petrol stations from selling fuel in canister in order to prevent it from getting into the hands of the militant group.
LNA provided no further information regarding the ship’s origin, the extent of the sustained damage or any potential injuries to the ship’s crew.
According to The Libya Herald, several local residents have reported plumes of smoke that seem to be coming from the coast in the seaport’s direction, which is not under the complete control of either side.
Last week, a fighter plane that was under the control of the LNA, dropped bombs on the Greek tanker M/T Araevo, moored in the Port of Derna, resulting in the killing of two crew members while also injuring another two.
Inchcape Shipping services have reported that along with Benghazi, the Libyan ports of Zuietina, Ras Lanuf (Rasco), Ras Lanuf ‘Harouge’, and Es Sider have also been closed down due to the recent acts of violence.
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