TRIPOLI -- Former Libyan rebels have blocked access to the
country's biggest oil refinery, demanding medical
treatment for injuries from last year's conflict, the
facility's head said Thursday.
"A sit-in by those injured [during the revolution that
ousted Moammar Gadhafi] in front of the refinery prevented workers from
entering" the plant, said Imed bin Kura.
Witnesses said around 20 former rebels had been blocking the
facility since late Wednesday.
The refinery in Zawiyah, 40 kilometers
west of Tripoli, supplies around 70% of the country's fuel, and
a similar four-day protest there at the start of November cost
the government $30 million, according to the oil ministry.
Thursday there were already queues forming at petrol
stations in Tripoli, although Kura had said there was no danger
of a fuel shortage.
He said Libya had imported a large quantity of fuel in the
last few weeks.
Due to poor conditions in hospitals, Libyans often try to
get medical treatment abroad.
A program put in place by the government to treat former
rebels abroad was stopped after it was abused.
Dow Jones Newswires