RAS JDIR, Libya, Dec 17 (Reuters) – His Kalashnikov across
his back, Libyan soldier Adel Howas rushed to the front line
when air strikes targeted his comrades at a border crossing with
For Howas, it was a return to familiar territory from 2011
when he joined rebels in a NATO-backed uprising to topple
TRIPOLI, Dec 16 (Reuters) – Forces allied to Libya’s
conflict parties clashed with heavy weapons on Tuesday over
control of the country’s biggest oil ports in the east as the
European Union was considering sanctions on people obstructing
U.N.-brokered peace talks.
The United Nations had planned to hold this week a second
round of talks to end a confrontation between two rival
governments and parliaments but said a military escalation was
undermining its efforts.
RAS JDIR/BENGHAZI (Reuters) – Libya’s recognized government conducted air strikes against rival government forces trying to seize major oil ports in the east and targets in the west on Monday, but the rival government held control of the main crossing to Tunisia, witnesses said.
The oil producer has had two governments and parliaments since a group called Libya Dawn seized the capital Tripoli in August after a month-long battle with rivals and set up its own prime minister. The recognized premier Abdullah al-Thinni was forced to withdraw to the east.
BENGHAZI/TRIPOLI, Libya, Dec 14 (Reuters) – Armed factions
allied to Libya’s two rival governments fought over eastern oil
ports and the main border crossing to Tunisia on Sunday, forcing
closure of the two biggest oil export terminals, officials said.
In clashes reminiscent of the 2011 civil war that toppled
Muammar Gaddafi, the internationally recognised government based
in the east sent jets to bomb a rival force trying to seize the
oil facilities of Es Sider and Ras Lanuf and started its own
offensive near the Tunisian border.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya’s recognized government wants to control the country’s oil revenues by stopping any payments through Tripoli bank accounts out of its reach, its prime minister said on Wednesday.
The OPEC oil producer has had two governments, parliaments and armies since August when a group called Libya Dawn seized Tripoli, forcing the recognized Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni and his government to move to the east of the country.
TRIPOLI, Dec 10 (Reuters) – Libya’s recognized government
wants to control the country’s oil revenues by stopping any
payments through Tripoli bank accounts out of its reach, its
prime minister said on Wednesday.
The OPEC oil producer has had two governments, parliaments
and armies since August when a group called Libya Dawn seized
Tripoli, forcing the recognized Prime Minister Abdullah
al-Thinni and his government to move to the east of the country.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – The United Nations will widen a new round of talks aimed at ending Libya’s escalating political crisis by including a rival assembly challenging the recognized government, its special envoy said on Monday.
Libya has had two governments and parliaments competing for legitimacy since a group called Libya Dawn seized Tripoli in August, installing its cabinet and forcing the recognized Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni to the east.
EL SHARARA, Libya, Dec 8 (Reuters) – Deep in Libya’s
southern Sahara, men in army uniforms guard a pipeline at the El
Sharara oilfield. Hundreds of kilometers to the north, rival
fighters turn off the pumps to stop the oil flowing.
The standoff over El Sharara illustrates the complex
challenge United Nations mediators face in holding together a
country heading towards a civil war between factions allied with
rival cities scrambling for control.
EL SHARARA, Libya (Reuters) – Libya’s El Sharara oilfield remains closed but oil workers are keeping it ready to resume production once a pipeline blockage is cleared, field managers said.
El Sharara’s production prior to shutting down was around 300,000 barrels per day, acting field manager Ahmed Bin Arus told Reuters during a visit.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya’s self-proclaimed prime minister has warned that attempts by a rival government in the east to assert control over the oil industry could escalate the political conflict dividing the OPEC member state and force it to break in two.
Libya has had two governments competing for power since August when a group called Operation Libya Dawn, which opponents say is backed by Islamists, seized Tripoli and forced the elected Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni to flee 1,000 km to a small city near the border with Egypt.