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Guards repel assault on Libya’s biggest oilfield as Tripoli battle rages

An armed group attacked Libya’s largest oilfield on Monday, but was repelled after clashes with its protection force, while fighting escalated in eastern commander Khalifa Haftar’s effort to capture the capital Tripoli, Reuters reports.

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Haftar militia turn over Libya’s al-Sharara oilfield back to national oil company

Forces loyal to rogue general Khalifa Haftar handed over control of the al-Sharara oilfield in eastern Libya to an oil security force, officials said on Tuesday, allowing Libya’s National Oil Company (NOC) to restart production that has been halted for months.

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Sanallah says reopening Libya’s Sharara oilfield complicated by Haftar’s military moves in the south

Libya’s biggest oilfield – Sharara – will remain shut until an armed group occupying the site leaves, the head of National Oil Corp (NOC) said on Tuesday, more than a month after the field closed because of a protest, Reuters reported on Tuesday. 

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East Libyan forces heading south to secure oil sites

Eastern forces loyal to commander Khalifa Haftar have launched a military operation in southern Libya to secure oil and gas facilities and fight extremists, a spokesman said on Tuesday, a move that may alarm the authorities in Tripoli in the west, Reuters reports.

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NOC: Sharara oilfield is under new security violations

The National Oil Corporation (NOC) confirmed an overnight security breach at the Sharara oil field.   The NOC said that in the early hours of Monday, December 31, 2018, an armed group attacked a member of the site’s civil guard, physically assaulting and restraining him, before stealing six air conditioning …

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UNSMIL warns against possible escalation as LNA moved on Jadran-BDB forces

The United Nations Special Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) warned against the possible escalation of manoeuvres into clashes as the Khalifa Hafter-controlled Libyan National Army (LNA) made a pre-emptive move on what the LNA described as Jadran-Benghazi Defence Brigades (BDB) forces.

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