MOSCOW, December 26 (Sputnik) — World oil prices grew on Friday amid attacks by militants on an oil depot in the Libyan port of Ras Lanuf, according to trading data.
Earlier on Thursday, the Libya Dawn militant group fired several rockets on the Ras Lanuf oil depot in the north of the country, setting it on fire.
After gaining control of the Libyan capital Tripoli and the west of the country, Libya Dawn attacked the largest Libyan ports, which resulted in the closure of the oil terminal. The country's two main oil ports, Ras Lanuf and Es Sider, have remained closed for almost two weeks due to clashes between government forces and radical Islamist groups.
“We decided to order attacks from the air without waiting after the rocket attack on Es Sider,” Ali al-Hasy of the Petroleum Facilities Guard in Es Sider told Bloomberg.
Skirmishes between the Islamist militants and guards at oil terminals have intensified on Dec. 13. According to the Libyan state-controlled National Oil Corp., oil production in Libya dropped to 352,000 bpd following the recent atacks as compared to Libya's maximum capability of 993,000 bpd oil production seen previously.