Pipes are pictured at the El Sharara oilfield December 3, 2014. REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny
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In Sabha, gateway to Libya's south and its largest oil field, the sounds of warfare have been echoing through low-slung buildings and wide streets day and night for more than a month.Haftar seems intent on propelling an Arab takeover of oil facilities, according to a western diplomat involved in Libyan reconciliation efforts.The fields are currently held by Tebu and other militias allied with Sarraj.This month, in a clear reference to at least some Tebu, Haftar called on "African migrants" to leave Libya. At the end of last week, it sent in reinforcements from a Salafist militia.For their part, the Awlad Suleiman, who accuse Tebu leaders of plotting to create an independent state, haven't united behind Haftar. This isn't the first time Libya's chief foes have contested the region. Last year, they clashed over two airbases, leaving more than 140 fighters and civilians dead. Haftar sees Sabha as the key to controlling "most of the south" including the oil fields, said Libyan political analyst Amro Azouz.
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