The U.S. Treasury Department has issued sanctions against the leader of a Libyan militia for directing attacks on oil facilities in the country.
In a statement on Wednesday, the department accused Ibrahim Jathran of destroying peace and stability in Libya by overseeing forces that attacked Libyan oil facilities in the “oil crescent,” a lucrative target for rogue militias and criminals.
The department said the militia had caused many fatalities in Libya this year.
He said Jathran’s attacks have affected Libyan oil exports since 2013.
Forces led by Jathran violently attacked and seized control of the Libyan oil ports Ras Lanuf and Al Sidra in June, the department said, costing Libya more than 1.4 billion dollars in revenue and setting back efforts to promote political progress and stability.
The UN Security Council Libya sanctions committee blacklisted Jathran on Tuesday, subjecting him to a global asset freeze and travel ban.
Jathran is sought by judicial authorities in Tripoli for blockades of oil terminals and attempts to export oil independently.