Libyan armed forces warn oil tankers away from seized ports

TRIPOLI Mon Jan 6, 2014 12:47pm EST

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TRIPOLI Jan 6 (Reuters) - Libya's armed forces warned they would not allow any oil tanker to load at ports seized by protesters, after the navy blocked a Maltese-flagged vessel from trying to reach one of the docks, Defence Ministry and naval officials said on Monday.

Libya's navy had opened fire on Sunday after the oil tanker tried to approach Es Sider port, which is being held by armed protesters opposed to the central government, officials said in televised news conference.

"This was clear message to all firms trying to load oil at seized ports," a Defence Ministry spokesman said. (Reporting by Ulf Laessing; writing by Patrick Markey; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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