General view of an empty street after forces loyal to Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar took control of the area, in Derna, Libya June 13, 2018. Picture taken June 13, 2018. REUTERS/Esam Omran Al-Fetori
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Libyan forces carried out airstrikes against a militia attacking key oil ports in the east, a spokesman said as Libya's national oil firm warned Monday of further damage to oil infrastructure as well as environmental contamination in the north African country.A militia, led by Ibrahim Jadhran who opposes Libya's self-styled national army commanded by Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter, attacked the oil ports of Ras Lanuf and al-Sidr Thursday forcing the National Oil Corporation to suspend exports and evacuate its employees. It warned of further damage to oil infrastructure as well as environmental contamination.Jadhran is a rebel commander who took part in the 2011 uprising that toppled and later killed dictator Moammar Ghadhafi. In 2013, he proclaimed himself the guardian of Libya's oil crescent including the ports of al-Sidr, Ras Lanouf and Brega, which represent about 60 percent of Libya's oil resources.
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