The Security and Protection Force of Sirte has denied any military build-up in the city to attack the oil crescent region.

On its Facebook page Sunday, the Protection Force refuted all news circulated about military preparations to attack the oil crescent.

"All the forces in the city are affiliated with Sirte and are acting according to the tasks entrusted to them by the Presidential Council," the Protection Force said, pointing out that all patrols are for securing the city and its suburbs and to sweep the valleys to pursue ISIS fugitives.