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Protesters stop output at Libya's El Sharara oilfield: field guards

Reuters  |  TRIPOLI, Libya 

TRIPOLI, (Reuters) - Libyan tribesmen protested at the giant oilfield on Saturday and shut down production, the force guarding the facility and a for the protesters said.

firm had no immediate comment. Closing down an oilfield takes time. Engineers at the field had earlier given conflicting reports about whether was flowing or was being halted.

The tribesmen calling themselves the were protesting to demand more development help for their community. Fezzan is the historic name of the southern region of where oilfield is located.

"We as the force securing the field inform you that the entered the field and stopped the production in line with the demands of the movement," the local force guarding the facility said in a statement.

The group of tribesmen also said they had shut the field.

"is closed. We had given authorities a deadline but we got no response," said the group's

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.

The firm usually tries to avert such action through talks.

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

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First Published: Sat, December 08 2018. 22:23 IST