Libya's Defense Ministry: Shutdown of oil ports is a war crime

Libya's Defense Ministry: Shutdown of oil ports is a war crime

May 21, 2020 - 20:59
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The Libyan Defense Ministry of the Government of National Accord (GNA) has vowed to bring the perpetrators behind the shutdown of oil ports, valves and other oil-related apparatuses to justice, condemning the oil blockade and saying it is a war crime.

The ministry added in a statement on Wednesday that this step will have severe consequences on Libyans and will lead to deficits in state revenue, let alone the outages of electricity due to shortages of fuel and gas.

"Such vandalizing acts are regarded economic crimes by the Libyan law and a war crime by the international humanitarian law." The statement reads, adding that it would take all necessary deterrent measures against the armed groups, as it was preparing a list of their names to file it at the judiciary offices.

The Defense Ministry added that Libyan Army forces could respond to such sabotage acts to ensure they wouldn't be repeated and to preserve Libya's national security