The 444th Combat Brigade, a detachment of the (western-based) Libyan Army reported yesterday that it had made arrests of fuel smugglers and seized fuel trucks south of Shwerif, 420 km south of the capital Tripoli.
The brigade, stationed in the valleys, said it clashed with armed fuel smuggling gangs in a dawn operation. The operation led to the arrest of 8 smugglers, the seizure of three fuel tankers containing 120,000 litres of (subsidised) fuel and burned a track containing 40,000 litres of fuel.
The 444 said it will continue to work in the summer desert, sun and heat for the sake of citizens, the nation, the rule of law, justice and a Libya of institutions.
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