Protests in Libya's capital cause fuel crisis - WAOW - Newsline 9, Wausau News, Weather, Sports

Protests in Libya's capital cause fuel crisis

Posted:
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) - The Libyan government has blamed a fuel crisis in the country's capital on protests that have blocked the roads to the main western oil terminal, leaving gas stations without new supplies.

On Friday, protesters used piles of sand to block all roads to the Zawiya port, demanding early parliamentary and presidential elections, and increased security in the country's restive east. The government condemned the protesters' actions as "unacceptable" and said that oil tankers were in Zawiya port ready to be unloaded.

Zawiya port is the main source of refined gasoline for Tripoli and western Libya. The oil-rich country must export crude oil and import gasoline from abroad.

Such unrest is common in Libya since the 2011 civil war that toppled longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WAOW. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Chief Engineer Russ Crass at 715-842-2251. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.