Libya big­wigs hurt in brawl

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

AL­LE­GA­TIONS of a phys­i­cal con­fronta­tion lead­ing to a punch-up at a Libyan naval base be­tween two of the coun­try’s most se­nior fig­ures have been re­ported by the Libyan me­dia.

One ver­sion said Deputy Pres­i­dency Coun­cil leader Fathi Ma­jbri ar­rived out­side the room where the Sun­day meet­ing be­tween Libya’s Pres­i­dency Coun­cil chair­man Faiez Ser­raj and UN Sup­port Mis­sion In Libya chief Mar­tin Kobler was tak­ing place at the Abu Sitta naval base in the cap­i­tal Tripoli.

Ma­jbri de­manded to be ad­mit­ted. When re­fused, an al­ter­ca­tion be­tween the body­guards of Ma­jbri and those of Ser­raj erupted.

How­ever, in an­other ver­sion of events, the Libya Herald re­ported it was Ser­raj and Ma­jbri who came to blows.

Ja­mal Zu­bia, the for­eign me­dia head of the Na­tional Sal­va­tion Govern­ment – a ri­val of the in­ter­na­tion­ally-recog­nised Govern­ment of Na­tional Ac­cord – claimed both politi­cians had been taken to Ac­ci­dent and Emer­gency and that Ser­raj was in a coma.

But Kobler played down he in­ci­dent, say­ing the meet­ing was “briefly in­ter­rupted” be­fore con­tin­u­ing.

Mean­while, in slightly bet­ter news for the war-rav­aged coun­try, Libya Na­tional Oil Cor­po­ra­tion chair­man Mustafa Sanalla re­ported that oil pro­duc­tion had in­creased to 708000 bar­rels per day – a three-year high.

Sanalla re­leased the statis­tic af­ter a visit to the Jalo oil pro­duc­tion area in south east Libya.

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