Libya's chief of staff has threatened to bomb foreign oil tankers if they entered territorial waters, after a controversial deal struck between the United Nations envoy and a militia commander in control of the oil terminals.
Brig. Gen. Abdel-Razek al-Nadhouri warned on Monday foreign companies against signing oil deals with any party except for the state-run National Oil Corporation branch in Benghazi.
Libya's oil corporation has been split between eastern and western branches. Benghazi's branch falls under the authority of the internationally-recognized parliament seated in the eastern city of Tobruk. The western one falls under the UN-brokered government based in Tripoli.