Turkish mercenaries and armaments expose Libya to the risk of a massacre like Beirut
The militarization of oil facilities, the presence of mercenaries as well as the military escalation increases the risks that hydrocarbons and chemicals stored at oil ports pose to workers and the local population. That may lead to a disaster that is more severe than Beirut’s port and a massive destruction that will cause Libya to be out of the oil market for so many years.
It will also result in the loss of sales opportunities estimated at hundreds of billions of dollars that other oil-producing countries will benefit from it. Furthermore, tens of billions will be necessary for reconstruction at a time when budgets available are limited. The chairman of the Libyan National Oil Corporation (NOC), Mustafa Sanallah, warned in a video released on August 7.
The head of NOC indicates that due to the lack of condensate storage capacities, associated gas production in Libya will stop during the coming days. That will significantly increase load shedding in the eastern region, especially in the light of the depletion of the budget allocated to import fuel to address natural gas and local refineries product shortages over the past period. Commercial companies such as the Libyan-Norwegian company are facing severe financial difficulties due to the shutdown of their production. He added.
Turkey is deeply involved in the Libyan crisis. Following a deal on military cooperation between Ankara and the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Defense Minister transferred from Syria into Libya thousands of mercenaries, including jihadists and children without any military experience or training. All this exposes civilian to high risks, and the possibility that a massacre like the one in Beirut will repeat itself in Libya is highly probable. Ankara is also spreading its poisons in the North-African country by using the Misurata port and establishing an exclusive naval base for it.
This is of great concern to Europe and the United States. During the Berlin Conference last February, the major players interested in the Libyan dossier asked for the immediate withdrawal of all mercenaries from Libyan territory and compliance with the embargo sanctioned by the United Nations. The European Union, the United States, and their international partners should ask as soon as possiblean Arab and international stance to deter Erdogan’s interventions, if they want to avoid another slaughter.