TRIPOLI, March 18 Libyan rebels said the U.S.
seizure of a tanker that loaded crude at a port under their
control was an illegal act of piracy, according to a statement
run by a rebel television station on Tuesday.
Abb-Rabbo al-Barassi, the rebels' self-declared prime
minister, said the storming of the tanker by U.S. Navy commandos
had violated international law, the statement said.
Last week, the tanker had loaded oil at the rebel-held Es
Sider port and escaped the Libyan navy before U.S. forces seized
it on Sunday night off the Cyprus coast.
(Reporting by Ulf Laessing; Editing by Dale Hudson)