(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 7, 2018 Libyan Strongman Khalifa Haftar attends a military parade in the eastern city of Benghazi. AFP / Abdullah DOMA
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East Libyan forces said Thursday they had retaken the shuttered oil ports of Es Sider and Ras Lanuf, though clashes resumed south of Ras Lanuf in the afternoon after a counter-attack by rival factions.Staff were evacuated from terminals in Libya's eastern oil crescent and exports were suspended last Thursday when armed opponents of eastern-based military commander Khalifa Haftar stormed the ports and occupied them.The closure has led to production losses of up to 450,000 barrels per day and two oil storage tanks were destroyed or badly damaged by fires during the fighting.Libya's national production has been cut to between 600,000 and 700,000 bpd from more than one million bpd during the oil crescent clashes, but NOC Chairman Mustafa Sanalla said he was expecting a quick restart.
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