Libya battles itself for oil control

New blow for Libyan oil export hopes.

Libyan commander’s seizure of oil ports risks new conflict

By Aidan Lewis and Ayman al-Warfalli

Libyan forces loyal to eastern commander Khalifa Haftar said on Monday they had tightened their control over four major oil ports, casting a Western-backed project to unite Libya and revive oil exports into deep uncertainty.

Haftar’s forces met little resistance as they seized the terminals at Ras Lanuf, Es Sider, Zueitina and Brega in an operation launched on Sunday, displacing a rival armed faction aligned with the U.N.-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli.

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