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Libya’s largest oil port ablaze after rebels launch rocket strikes

Libya’s largest oil port ablaze after rebels launch rocket strikes

Sat 27 Dec 2014 at 19:44

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NNA – Islamic militants have fired rockets from speedboats at Libya’s largest port in an attempt to seize control of the fiercely contested resource amid warnings the country is descending into chaos like that in Syria.

Last night a rocket set three storage tanks ablaze at the eastern Libyan oil port of Al-Sidra as armed factions allied to competing governments fought over control of the country’s biggest export terminal.

Rebels from a group called Libya Dawn, which helped to topple Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, seized control of the capital Tripoli in August – exiling the internationally recognized government east.

The group, which is responsible for the attack which left the tanks ablaze, are now engaged in a bitter power struggle with the incumbent government fought primarily over the country’s resources.

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