LIbyan Rebels Reach Oil Deal with Qatar

Libyan rebels reached a deal to sell oil via Qatar to help meet basic needs, including food, fuel, medicines and other supplies, a senior rebel official said.

“The Qatari government has agreed to market Libyan oil for us and there will be an account into which the revenues are deposited,” Ali Tarhuni, who is in charge of oil, finance and economics for the interim national council, said in a televised news conference from Benghazi today.

The official said the deal for Qatar to market rebel oil did not concern the major oil terminals at Ras Lanuf and surrounding villages, which the rebels have twice seized and lost in battles with Moamer Kadhafi's forces.