Firefighters work to put out the fire of a storage oil tank at the port of Es Sider in Ras Lanuf December 29, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer
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Libya has made progress containing a fire at its largest oil port that has destroyed four days of the country's oil production but the damage to storage tanks will hamper efforts to resume exports, officials and industry insiders said.Both sides command forces made up of former rebel troops which helped oust Gaddafi but which are now fighting each other since a group called Libya Dawn took Tripoli in August, forcing the recognised prime minister, Abdullah al-Thinni, to flee to the east of the country.A fire -- for which both sides blame each other -- has damaged seven tanks and destroyed up to 1.8 million barrels of oil, four times Libya's daily output.The shutdown of the two ports is a blow to Libya's already crippled public finances as the central bank has been burning through its dollar reserves to keep the country afloat.
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