5 killed, 16 wounded in clashes near Sharara oil field

Alwasat - Cairo Thu 07 Feb 2019, 04:57 PM
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Medical sources in the city of Sebha reported 5 killed and 16 wounded as a result of armed clashes that took place this morning near Sharara oil field.

The clashes occured between forces lead by Ali Kanna, commander of the southern military region for Libya's Government of National Accord and forces of lead by the General Command of the Libyan Armed forces. This is the first clash between the two parties in the region.

"The army took control of the Sharara field after the armed groups fled from it, the army entered without any fighting," said Brigadier General Ahmad al-Mismari, spokesman for the General Command.

The General Command, led by Marshal Khalifa Haftar, is currently carrying out large-scale military operations in order to gain full control of the Libyan south after it took control of the largest city in the south, the city of Sebha.

The Presidential Council of the Government of National Accord, headed by Fayez Al-Sarraj, announced on Wednesday the appointment of newa military commander for Sebha after Haftar's forces took over the city. Haftar launched a campaign last month aimed at expelling Islamists and securing vital oil installations.

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