Coastal Road Blocked by Cyrenaica Federalists
Fresh in from an informant in Libya: “At first I thought the Cyrenaica Transitional Council was just a nuisance. Now they’re armed.This is the same self-appointed non-official group that previously threatened to boycott elections if Cyrenaica didn’t get the same amount of seats as Tripolitania.” Read the latest from the Libya Herald– Coastal road blocked by Cyrenaica federalists: report
Cyrenaica federalists are reported to have set up a road block on the coastal highway today, Tuesday, at Wadi Al-Ahmar between Sirte and Ben Jawad. They are said to be demanding the NTC and government agree to an equal number of seats in the National Conference for the country’s three historic regions: Cyrenaica, Tripolitania and Fezzan, rather than a system based on demographics.
The road was apparently closed by the self-appointed Cyrenaica Transitional Council’s military arm, led by Hamed Al-Hassi. He said that his forces were closing just the road for the moment but if the NTC did not accept the federalists’ demands, they would move to the oil refinery at Ras Lanouf and facilities at Brega and Zueitina and stop the oil flowing altogether.