Sunday, March 5, 2017

Rival Factions Battle For Key Libyan Oil Facilities

BBC: Rival east Libya factions battle for crucial oil ports

Rival armed factions are fighting for control over crucial oil terminals in the east of Libya.

The forces of military strongman Khalifa Haftar, who have controlled the "oil crescent" since September, lost ground, their spokesman says.

He said they had carried out air strikes against a faction known as the Benghazi Defence Brigade (BDB), after it launched an attack on Friday.

Four oil terminals in the area provide much of Libya's export income.

Libya remains regionally split with two centres of power that politically oppose each other, and a myriad of rival armed groups that the country's two governments cannot control.

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More News On Rival Factions Battling For Key Libyan Oil Facilities

Eastern Libya forces strike from air, aim to retake oil site -- AP
Libyan National Army launches air strikes in bid to retake oil ports -- The National
Libyan Islamist Militia Clings to Oil Port Region, Amid Heavy Airstrikes -- VOA
Fighting erupts around key oil ports in Libya -- DW
East Libyan forces target rivals with air strikes to regain oil ports -- Reuters
Forces of east Libya strongman Haftar concede loss of oil port -- Middle East Eye
Libyan strongman's forces lose control of key oil export terminal -- France 24
Libyan militias capture key oil ports and refinery -- The Guardian
Libya's Biggest Oil Port Seized in Blow to Production Surge -- Bloomberg

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