Libya welcomes UN Security Council sanctions against militia leader
Last Updated: 2018-09-13 13:39 | Xinhua
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Libya's National Oil Corporation (NOC) on Wednesday welcomed the decision of the UN Security Council to impose sanctions on Ibrahim Jathran, a militia leader responsible for attacks on oil installations in Libya.

"NOC board members welcome the decision by the UN Security Council (UNSC) Committee on Sept. 11, 2018 to add Ibrahim Jathran to the international sanctions list," NOC said in a statement.

"Jadhran is personally responsible for the loss of multiple lives, as well as more than 60 billion U.S. dollars in financial losses to the Libyan state as a result of oil export blockades in the Gulf of Sirte during 2013 to 2016. His attempt to systematically undermine the Libyan state and associated institutions has resulted in widespread suffering," the statement added.

UNSC on Tuesday decided to impose sanctions on Jathran, which include travel ban and freezing of assets.

Jathran is wanted by the Libyan Attorney General for carrying out attacks on the oil crescent region, some 500 km east of the capital Tripoli, which contains the country's largest oil ports.

Jathran's latest attack on the oil crescent region was in June, when his militants attacked the region and took control of almost half of it, before the eastern-based army defeated and expelled them in violent fighting that killed 34 army soldiers.

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