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Protesters seek to stop output at Libya's El Sharara oilfield

Reuters  |  TRIPOLI, Libya 

TRIPOLI, (Reuters) - Libyan tribesmen staged a protest on Saturday at the giant oilfield aiming to shut down the facility, engineers and a said on Saturday, although it was not immediately clear if output had been halted.

A said crude was still flowing, while two other engineers said the field was apparently being shut down.

A for the tribesmen, who were protesting to demand more development for their communities, said they had closed the field located in south

"is closed. We had given authorities a deadline but we got no response," said Mohammad Maighal, for the group that calls itself the

Fezzan is the historic name of the southern region to which the belongs.

The field, which usually pumps about 300,000 barrels per day, has been repeatedly threatened by tribesmen asking for better health and other for poor, desert region.

Closing down an oilfield takes time so there was no final confirmation whether the wells had been turned off.

The firm usually tries to avert such action through talks.

was not immediately available to comment.

(Reporting by and Ahmed Elumami; Writing by Ulf Laessing; Editing by Edmund Blair)

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First Published: Sat, December 08 2018. 21:26 IST