Libya Reopens Pipeline from Sahara Oil Field

CAIRO (AP) — Libya's national oil company said on Monday it reopened a pipeline which had been shut down since the closure of a valve during the weekend and resumed production at the country's largest oil field.

The National Oil Corporation did not say who was behind the closure. The pipeline links the Sharara oil field to the port of Zawiya, on the Mediterranean coast.

The Sharara oil field, which produces around 290,000 barrels a day, is controlled by forces loyal to commander Khalifa Hifter.

His self-styled Libyan National Army launched an offensive on the capital, Tripoli, in April. The forces are now locked in a stalemated battle with militias loosely aligned with a U.N.-recognized government based in Tripoli.

Libya slid into chaos after the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

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