Tripoli strikes deal to reopen four ports

Cairo: Libyan rebels occupying four eastern oil portsagreed with the government yesterday to gradually end their eight-month petroleum blockade.

Zueitina and Hariga ports, held by federalist rebels demanding more autonomy from Tripoli, will open immediately while the larger ports, Ras Lanuf and Es Sider, will be freed in two to four weeks after more talks, the government said.

Despite this advance, the government faced pressure elsewhere with news that public and private sector staff including oil workers went on strike in the Libyan port city of Benghazi yesterday.  [07/04/14]

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