Navy Seals Hand Rogue Tankship Back to Libya
The North Korea-flagged tanker had been loaded at a rebel-held port and evaded a naval blockade before being boarded by US Navy Seals south of Cyprus. Its evasion of a naval blockade prompted the Libyan parliament to sack Prime Minister Ali Zeidan, reports BBC News.
Rebels had loaded the Morning Glory with oil at the port of Sidra and it was unclear where it was heading. Citing US Government sources the BBC reports that the ship, cargo and crew were handed over ot Libyan forces in international waters off the coast of Libya.
This was the first vessel loaded at a rebel-held port since a separatist revolt against the central government in Tripoli erupted in July 2013.
The Navy Seals operation had been authorised by President Barack Obama and no-one was hurt.
Source: BBC News