Libya Oil Militants ‘Seize Libyan Oil Field’

Militants have seized two oil fields in central Libya.

  • Published:
24/7 Live - Subscribe to the Pulse Newsletter!

Islamist militants are reported to have seized two oil fields in central Libya, as rival groups fight for control of the country.

Forces guarding the al-Bahi and al-Mabruk sites retreated after running out of ammunition.

Libya's internationally recognised government in Tobruk is locked in a bitter battle with rivals Libya Dawn, who control the capital, Tripoli.

The two sides also mounted airstrikes against each other on Tuesday.

"Extremists took control of the al-Bahi and al-Mabruk fields and are now heading to seize the al-Dahra field following the retreat of the forces guarding these sites," said Colonel Ali al-Hassi, a spokesman for the oil industry security service.

The sites had been closed for some weeks due to violence and a slow-down of exports.

A gun attack on the al-Mabruk site in February left 11 people dead.

Mr al-Hassi also said militia warplanes had made an unsuccessful attempt to attack an export terminal at al-Sidra oil port.

In response, the head of the internationally recognised government's air force said it had struck Tripoli's Mitiga airport, without causing any casualties.

Oil fields and airports are prime targets in the conflict, which has pitted Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni's parliament in Tobruk against Libya Dawn, an alliance of militias that includes various Islamist groups.

It took control of Tripoli last year and formed its own administration.

The United Nations is trying to restart negotiations to end the fighting that has engulfed Libya since the fall of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

Source: BBC

Download our mobile app today.

Android - Google Play Store

iPhone - Apple App Store

Recommended Articles

Recommended Videos





Top Articles

1 Photo Duncan Williams leads prayers at Donald Trump's inauguration servicebullet
2 Gambia Crisis Twitter explodes with rage over Hanna Tetteh's tweetbullet
3 Asantehemaa's Death Funeral of Asantehemaa underway [Photos]bullet
4 Corruption I'll make sure Opuni goes to jail - Kennedy Agyapongbullet
5 Francisca Oteng-Mensah 24 year old MP complains about unbearable...bullet
6 Leadership UN appoints ex-president Mahama to top positionbullet
7 Asante Kingdom This is Osagyefo Bayie, the acting Asantehemaabullet
8 Asantehemaa’s Funeral Nana Afia Kobi to be buried with...bullet
9 Gambia Crisis Ghana deploys military to Gambiabullet
10 Manhyia Palace One shot, several collapse at...bullet

Top Videos

1 In Zimbabwe President Mugabe’s 70 year-old aide marries his 23-year-old...bullet
2 Refugee Ghanaian to lose fingers after 7-hour trek to cross US borderbullet
3 Vitiligo Enam Honya - is challenging what you think about beautybullet
4 Obinim What happen'd when we fact checked Obinim's Bible knowledgebullet
5 Video Taxi driver terrified after an encounter with a ghostbullet
6 Woyome Judgement Debt Kweku Baako dances over Amidu's winbullet
7 Obinim saga We had sex only once - Obinim victims confessbullet
8 Kwame Nkrumah Interchange Water leaks from hole in wall at...bullet
9 Watch Kumchacha delivers Counselor Lutterodt from 'demons'bullet
10 Bishop Obinim Saga Teenagers disciplined by Obinim...bullet

News