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Ecuador's Government has warned that troops could open fire to quell protests that have crippled oil output and forced the country to ask Venezuela for a loan of crude oil so it can keep up exports.
The protests in two Amazon provinces pushed US crude oil futures up $US2 above $US65 a barrel in New York on Friday.
Ecuador is usually South America's fifth-largest producer of crude oil and, after Venezuela, the second-largest South American supplier of oil to the United States.
State-owned Petroecuador says it is slowly resuming oil production as troops took control of installations in Sucumbios and Orellana provinces.
But an official says Ecuador will ask Venezuela to lend it crude oil so it can meet export commitments.
The protesters are demanding foreign oil companies operating in the region provide financing for infrastructure projects and more job opportunities.