Singapore: Owing to the escalating tension in Libya, Syria and Yemen and the subsequent fear of supply disruption in Middle East and North African region, the oil price was up in Asian trade on Monday.

New York's main contract, light sweet crude for delivery in June, rose 52 cents to USD 112.81 a barrel, while Brent North Sea crude for June rose 54 cents to USD 124.53.

"The violence in Syria and Yemen escalated over the weekend, and traders worry about supply disruption" said Ong Yi Ling, an investment analyst for Phillip Futures in Singapore.

In oil-producing Libya, veteran leader Muammar Gaddafi's office in his Tripoli residence was destroyed in an air strike by NATO warplanes enforcing a UN resolution early on Monday.

Libyan rebels have been seeking to oust Muammar Gaddafi after uprisings deposed the leaders of Tunisia and Egypt earlier this year.

(Agencies)