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Libya deploys special forces to protect petrol stations


17 June 2014 defenceWeb (Reuters)


Libya is deploying special forces to protect petrol stations in the capital Tripoli packed by angry motorists trying to refill, the government said, as the state oil firm struggles to bring in fresh supplies.


Petrol stations across Tripoli have seen for almost two weeks queues stretching sometimes kilometres, adding to the frustration of Libyans exhausted by chaos and violence.


Libya's state oil firm says it has sufficient supplies but a lack of security at petrol stations makes it difficult to bring in fresh supplies. Residents say some of the fuel is being sold on the black market.


The government said in a statement posted late on Sunday it had agreed with Tripoli's security headquarters to deploy the interior ministry's special forces to protect petrol stations.


In the up-market Gargaresh district, trucks with mounted anti-aircraft guns were seen protecting two petrol stations and shepherding long queues of motorists.


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