Battle for Libya’s key oil ports takes dramatic turn

Field Marshall Haftar is massing 5,000 troops for a proposed counter-offensive.
John Pearson

The battle for control of Libya’s key oil ports has taken a dramatic new turn with the militias who captured them on Friday handing them over to the United Nations-backed Government of National Accord (GNA).

Five days after seizing the central ports of Sidra and Ras Lanuf from the Libyan National Army, the Benghazi Defence Brigades militias declared late on Tuesday that both were now under control of the GNA, which is based in Tripoli.
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