Fighters from the Fajr Libya (Libya Dawn), an alliance of Islamist-backed militias, man a checkpoint in al-Aziziyah, located some 40 kilometres south of the Libyan capital Tripoli, on March 25, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD TURKIA
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Forces loyal to a rival Libyan government controlling the capital Tripoli have withdrawn from frontline bases near the country's biggest oil ports, a spokesman said on Friday, raising hopes the ports might soon be reopened.A force loyal to Tripoli had moved east in December trying to take the Es Sider and Ras Lanuf ports, clashing with troops of the official government defending the terminals.Ali al-Hassi, a spokesman for an oil port protection force loyal to the official government, said the rival force had left their positions west of Es Sider.A Tripoli government official said both sides had agreed to move back forces and hand over the ports to state oil firm NOC.
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