Navy Seals board rogue Libya oil tanker Morning Glory

The US has taken control of a tanker full of oil loaded from a rebel-held port in Libya, officials say. The raid by Navy Seals took place in international waters off the coast of Cyprus, they add.

Navy Seals board rogue Libya oil tanker Morning Glory

The US has taken control of a tanker full of oil loaded from a rebel-held port in Libya, officials say.

The raid by Navy Seals took place in international waters off the coast of Cyprus, they add.

Libya’s parliament dismissed Prime Minister Ali Zeidan last week after the Morning Glory evaded a naval blockade to leave the eastern port of Sidra.

The oil terminal has been under the control of militias who want autonomy for eastern Libya since July 2013.

This was their first attempt to export oil from rebel-held areas. It is not clear where the tanker was headed.

The vessel was flagged in North Korea but officials in Pyongyang said it had been deregistered because of the incident.

It was said to have been operated by an Egyptian company.

The BBC’s Rana Jawad in Tripoli says the US move is likely to act as a deterrent to any further attempts to illicitly buy oil from the rebel-controlled ports.

Source: BBC.

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