A general view of the industrial zone at the oil port of Ras Lanouf in this March 11, 2014. REUTERS/Esam Omran Al-Fetori
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Forces loyal to eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar on Sunday seized at least two key oil ports from a rival force loyal to the U.N.-backed government, risking a new conflict over the OPEC nation's resources.The attacks on Libya's major oil ports by Haftar, who opposes the U.N.-backed Government of National Accord (GNA), pushes the North African state towards a broader battle over its oil resources and disrupts attempts to restart production.The state-run National Oil Corporation confirmed Ras Lanuf and Es Sider were under full control of Haftar forces while Zueitina was still held by loyalist forces.A port engineer confirmed that Haftar's forces had entered Ras Lanuf and Es Sider, Libya's largest, and said a tank at Es Sider had been set alight in the clashes.
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