TRIPOLI, Libya (Reuters) - Libyan tribesmen staged a protest on Saturday at the giant El Sharara oilfield aiming to shut down the facility, engineers and a tribal spokesman said on Saturday, although it was not immediately clear if output had been halted.
A field engineer said crude was still flowing, while two other engineers said the field was apparently being shut down.
Fezzan is the historic name of the southern region to which the ElSharara oilfield belongs.
The field, which usually pumps about 300,000 barrels per day, has been repeatedly threatened by tribesmen asking for better health and other state services for poor, desert region.
Closing down an oilfield takes time so there was no final confirmation whether the wells had been turned off.
NOC was not immediately available to comment.
(Reporting by Ayman al-Warfalli and Ahmed Elumami; Writing by Ulf Laessing; Editing by Edmund Blair)
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