20 December 2018, News Wires — Libya’s internationally recognised Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj flew to the southern El Sharara oilfield on Wednesday to meet protesters who have shut down the facility, a government source and a protester said.
Sarraj and tribesmen occupying the 315,000 barrel per day facility agreed to form a committee to look into the grievances, said Osama al-Wafi, one of the protesters.
He reiterated a demand to ask the United Nations to mediate in the conflict. The U.N. Libya mission (UNSMIL) had called last week on the protesters, some of which are armed, to leave the site located deep in the lawless south.
Ali al-Husseini, a commander in a group of state guards taking part in the protests, told a local television channel Sarraj needed to provide means for them to secure the field. He did not elaborate.