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Libyan militia that shut down oil terminals threatens to sever gas deliveries to the capital
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Sunday, December 29, 2013 12:51 PM EST
A spokesman for a Libyan militia that shut down most of the country's oil terminals for months has threatened to close off natural gas deliveries to the capital in a serious escalation in its standoff with the central government.
The natural gas is essential for power plants in Tripoli and in the rest of the country.
Since this summer, the group has shut down the oil terminals, demanded greater autonomy and a larger share of oil revenues for the region.
The government had since stopped paying the militia's salaries and threatened to use force to restore the flow of oil exports, seriously cutting into government revenues.