SUN 5 - 2 - 2023
Date: Feb 7, 2019
Source: The Daily Star
East Libyan forces say they've taken southern oil field
Associated Press
BENGHAZI, Libya: Libyan forces from the country's east say they have taken control of the southern Sharara oil field, part of an expansion of Gen. Khalifa Haftar's control over Libya's main revenue generator.

In a statement late Wednesday, Ahmed Mesmari, spokesperson for the self-styled Libyan National Army under Haftar's command, says the move was taken in order to provide security to an area that was previously lawless.

He says the move was made in collaboration with local tribes, and grievances over salaries would be addressed.

Libya is governed by rival authorities in Tripoli and the country's east, each of which is backed by an array of militias. Haftar heads the eastern faction.

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