An armed group of Berbers has reportedly shut down the pipelines in Mellitah on Saturday evening.
Xinhua quoted a source as saying that about 75 armed men from Zuwara stopped Italian oil company ENI's ship 7 km off the Mellitah coast, demanding that they stop their activities, and that one of the armed group got on board the ship and met the captain who immediately surrendered. No clashes were reported and the group took control of the terminals at the sea.
Business Standard says the action was carried out in order to push Libya's parliament to change the the voting system outlined in the draft constitution.
"We request that any issue related to the Libyan minority group has to be approved by all the representatives of Berber community," the source said.
(Source: Business Standard)