Fresh clashes erupt in Libya's oil crescent region

Fresh clashes erupt in Libya's oil crescent region

December 07, 2016 - 14:17
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Written By: AbdullahBenIbrahim

A coalition of Ibrahim Jodran's so-called Petroleum Facilities Guard, Defend Benghazi Brigades led by Brigadier General Mustafa Al-Sharkasi and armed brigades loyal to Defense Ministry of UN-proposed government launched a military operation on Wednesday to retake oil ports in the oil crescent region from Dignity Operation.

The Oil Ports and Fields Liberation Room of UN-proposed government said in a statement the operation aims to uproot the mercenaries, hired by Dignity Operation to seize the ports. However, the Presidential Council of the government issued a statement disavowing the military escalation in the oil crescent region, stressing that it has not ordered any forces to assault those districts.

Dignity Operation took control of  Brega, Zuwetina, Sidra and Ras Lanouf oil terminals last September with the help of rebel groups from Sudan and Chad.

Earlier today, coalition forces captured Ben Jawad and Nawfaliya towns and forced Dignity Operation militants to retreat to Sidra oil terminal.

Hours later, they managed to push Dignity Operation militants out of the port, but they retreated later in the day due to the intensified airstrikes by Dignity Operation.