LNA Spox says Army in 'full control' of oil crescent, oil exports to restart

Alwasat - Cairo Mon 25 Jun 2018, 08:05 PM
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The spokesman for the Libyan National Army announced Monday "full control" of Libya's oil crescent after driving out militias, as authorities said normal exports were set to resume.

"Mopping up operations for enemy holdouts" have been completed said a spokesman.

Military commander General Ahmed Salem, in a video posted by the LNA, said the fields and oil installations in eastern Libya were back under the force's "full control".

The LNA already announced last Thursday that it had recaptured two key oil ports, a week after they were seized by armed groups led by militia leader Ibrahim Jadhran, although military operations in the area were unfinished.

On Sunday, a delegation from the National Oil Corporation, which said the violence had slashed oil production by almost half and cost billions of dollars in losses, inspected the Ras Lanuf oil terminal.

"Specialists are currently determining when operations may resume and will update the Libyan people and market in due course," the NOC said in a statement.

"Despite the severity of the fire damage to storage tanks 2 and 12, tanks 5 and 6 were saved thanks to the exemplary work of personnel on site."

Medics have said 16 LNA members were killed in clashes, but the number of dead on the other side was unknown.

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