Libyan Airstrikes Target Port Attackers06/18 06:09
CAIRO (AP) -- Libyan forces say they have carried out airstrikes against a
militia attacking key oil ports in the east.
Ahmed al-Mesmari, a spokesman for the self-styled Libyan National Army, said
the airstrikes late Sunday targeted fighters loyal to Ibrahim Jadhran, who are
trying to seize the Ras Lanuf and el-Sidr oil terminals.
Libya's National Oil Corporation said Monday that the attack by Jadhran's
forces caused "significant" damage to at least two storage tanks and warned of
further damage to oil infrastructure as well as environmental contamination.
The assault on the terminals, which began Thursday, has forced the national
oil firm to suspend exports and evacuate its employees.
Libya slid into chaos after the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed
Moammar Gadhafi, and today is largely ruled a patchwork of feuding militias.