By John Lee.
Libya's largest oil field is reportedly ready to resume production following its seizure by forces loyal to the eastern-based leader Khalifa Haftar [Hiftar].
The National Oil Corporation (NOC) declared a state of force majeure at the field in December, after it was taken over by protesters demanding more money and investment in the area.
A spokesperson for Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) told Bloomberg:
“Sharara is completely secure and ready to resume pumping ... The guards at the field handed over the field to our forces peacefully.”
The move will be seen as a challenge to the NOC, and to the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli.