International sanctions to deny the Libyan government access to fuel are being circumvented, according to Reuters. Sources claim at least 120,00 tonnes of fuel has arrived at Tunisia this month to be shipped to Libya.
It is reported the fuel – bought by an intermediary firm – first arrives at the port of La Skhira in Tunisia and is then transferred between ships before sailing for Tripoli.
Gaddafi’s Libya is one of Africa’s top crude oil producers but relies on imports because of inadequate refining capacity.
This has left the rebels and the government short of fuel supplies with Gaddafi’s military dependent on it for its assaults on opposition targets.
It is also vitally important for the stability of his rule. State television reported earlier this week Tripoli was working on securing fuel to meet demand.