Benghazi - Libya's chief of staff has threatened to bomb foreign oil tankers if they entered territorial waters, after a controversial deal struck between the UN envoy to the country and a militia commander in control of the oil terminals.
Brigadier General Abdel-Razek al-Nadhouri on Monday warned foreign companies against signing oil deals with any party except for the state-run National Oil Corporation branch in Benghazi.
Libya's oil corporation has been split between eastern and western branches. Benghazi's branch falls under the authority of the internationally-recognised parliament seated in the eastern city of Tobruk. The western one falls under the UN-brokered government based in Tripoli.
Al-Nadhouri's move came days after UN Envoy to Libya, Martin Kobler, came to an agreement with militia leader Ibrahim Jedran, who controls Libya's vital oil terminals.