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One step forward, one back, for Libya rebels' oil exports

Libya's rebels have found a way to export oil through a pipeline to Tobruk

LIBYA'S rebels have found a way to export 200,000 to 250,000 barrels a day (b/d) of oil through a pipeline to Tobruk, by by-passing a booster station that was destroyed in a loyalist attack on 21 April. But another attack, on 12 June, on the Misla and Sarir oilfields, which supply the line with crude, has ended hopes of a swift production resumption. The fields have been shut in since early April, when a platoon of Muammar Qadhafi's forces crossed the desert to launch rockets at surface facilities. The attack on the pipeline was considered the more damaging, preventing the rebels from exporting crude oil from Tobruk to earn vital financial support for their war effort. The rebels sold just

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