Rebel Tanker Reaches Egyptian Waters After Escaping Libya

A North Korean-flagged tanker is docked at the Es Sider export terminal in Ras Lanuf March 8, 2014. Libya threatened on Saturday to bomb a North Korean-flagged tanker if it tried to ship oil from a rebel-controlled port, in a major escalation of a standoff over the country's petroleum wealth. REUTERS/Esam Omran Al-Fetori
The North Korean-flagged tanker, Morning Glory, is docked at the Es Sider export terminal in Ras Lanuf March 8, 2014. REUTERS/Esam Omran Al-Fetori

reuters_logo1TRIPOLI, March 12 (Reuters) – Libya’s navy has lost contact with an oil tanker that loaded oil in a rebel-held port and has now slipped into Egyptian waters after being attacked by Libya’s air force, a government minister said on Wednesday.

The tanker was last seen sailing near Marsa Matruh on the Egyptian side of the joint border, Libya’s culture minister and government spokesman Habib al-Amin told a televised news conference.

Libya had asked Egypt and other countries to stop the tanker, he said. (Reporting by Ulf Laessing; Editing by Anthony Barker)

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