Members of Libya's naval coastguard man speed boats as they wait for the arrival of the Morning Glory, an oil tanker that US Navy handed over to Libyan authorities on March 22, 2014 at Zawiya port, Libya. AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD TURKIA
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A commercial oil tanker seized by U.S. forces after it loaded crude at a Libya port held by anti-government rebels has docked back in the capital Tripoli, a Reuters witness said on Sunday.A Reuters reporter was allowed to board the Morning Glory moored near the Tripoli coast, witnessing how Libyan navy forces arrested the 21-strong crew and three rebels who had boarded the ship at Es Sider.Tired-looking Pakistani captain Mirza Noman Baig showed navy personnel the damage resulting from a fire fight with the Libyan navy before the vessel escaped from Libya.The crew declined to give interviews but the family of the captain say armed Libyan rebels boarded the ship, forced them to load crude and to evade the Libyan navy sent to stop them.The Tripoli government gave Jathran a two-week deadline on March 12 to end his port blockade or face a military assault, though analysts say Libya's nascent armed forces may struggle to follow through on the ultimatum.
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