Libya bigwigs hurt in brawl
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.