Spokesperson: Airstrikes target Libyan militias near oil field

2017-02-10 21:35


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Cairo - A Libyan official says warplanes belonging to the country's east-based military have carried out at least nine airstrikes targeting Islamic militias near an oil field in central Libya.

Faisal Ahbale, a spokesperson for the east-based forces, told The Associated Press on Friday that the airstrikes hit militias known as Bengahzi Defense Brigades.

They are a mixture of Islamic militants and former rebels recently defeated in Benghazi, Libya's second largest city.

Ahbale says the militias were advancing toward a key oil field in the hands of the army and called al-Mabrouk, located 120km south of the so-called Oil Crescent - a geographical region along the central part of Libya's Mediterranean Sea coast where most oil terminals are located.

He says five militiamen were killed and 20 were wounded.

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