Air strike hits oil company warehouse


A storehouse belonging to Libya’s Mellitah Oil & Gas, a joint-venture between the National Oil Corporation (NOC) and Italy’s ENI, was damaged in an air strike wounding three workers, the state oil firm said in a statement.

It is the first confirmed attack on a foreign oil asset since eastern forces led by Khalifa Haftar started a campaign with ground and air forces to take Tripoli, held by the internationally recognised government.

“We are witnessing destruction of the corporation’s facilities in front of our eyes,” NOC chairman Mustafa Sanalla said after the incident.

NOC said “material losses” were significant but did not say what was in the warehouse in Tajoura, an eastern suburb of Tripoli home to several military barracks.

Mellitah exports oil and gas through a port west of Tripoli near the Tunisian border.