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Protest In Eastern Libyan Oil Port Town Brega, Airport Closed

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June 17, 2014 AT 10:26 AM
Protesters have closed an airport used by oil firms in the eastern Libyan port city of Brega over the appointment of a new head of a state oil guard force, senior members of the force and state media said on Tuesday. Libya's oil production has fallen to less than 300,000 barrels a day due to a wave of protests at oil ports and fields, drying up vital state revenues for more than ten months. The protest in Brega was aimed against the appointment of Ali al-Ahrash as new head of the Petroleum Facilities Guards, a force in charge of protecting oil facilities and residents, the state news agency LANA said.