New fighting near biggest Libyan oil port




 
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January 19th, 2015  
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Topic: New fighting near biggest Libyan oil port


Libyan armed factions accused each other on Monday of launching new attacks near the country's largest oil port, Es Sider. Troops loyal to the government in Tripoli launched an offensive last month to try to take Es Sider and Ras Lanuf oil ports, which have had to shut down operations. Ali al-Hassi, spokesman for an oil protection force in Es Sider allied to the recognized prime minister, Abdullah al-Thinni, said the rival force had launched an attack on Monday. Last month, a rocket hit an oil storage tank at Es Sider, starting a fire which damaged seven tanks and destroyed up to 1.8 million barrels of oil.

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