Libya's National Oil Corporation (NOC) warned that the presence of mercenaries at the Ras Lanuf petrochemical complex, Zuetina oil port and Zillah oil field "constitutes a danger and may lead to the destruction of the sole resource of the Libyan people."
The NOC expressed grave concern "about the continued militarization of oil facilities, the heavy presence of foreign mercenaries in various oil fields and ports in the eastern and southern parts of the country," according to a statement released on Wednesday.
The statement pointed to the increasing number of mercenaries within the Ras Lanuf complex as a threat to the safety of workers, in addition to the presence of a large number of military personnel in the housing designated for workers in the residential city of Ras Lanuf, a "flagrant violation of the law and privacy and the sanctity of job housing."
The statement continued: "In a breach of law, the Oil Facilities Guard took control of large quantities of aviation fuel last Sunday at the Zueitina airport and transported it out using two full trucks."
The NOC also pointed to "the landing of a military plane at the field last Saturday, which carried military personnel who examined the airport runway in preparation for use for military purposes. Foreign mercenaries then entered and occupied the housing designated for workers in the port of Zueitina."
The NOC also reported that "a large number of mercenaries were stationed at Zillah oil field, another group taking over the Schlumberger Company headquarters located in the area."
The statement confirmed the close monitoring of the situation and the documentation of illegal activities that have taken place in the vicinity of facilities, adding "we will not hesitate to prosecute anyone who harms the sole source of income in Libya."
The NOC renewed its call for the removal of foreign mercenaries and an end to militarization, so that employees can perform their work without endangering their lives.