By Libya Herald staff,
Tripoli 25 December 2014:
A combined land and sea attack on Sidra oil terminal this morning was repulsed but . . .[restrict]not before two oil tanks were hit in a missile attack and set on fire.
“The Air Force has targeted some small ships trying to approach to the terminal,” the spokesman of the Petroleum Facilities Guards (PFG), Ali Hassi, told the Libya Herald.” LNA ground forces were also reported to have been involved in pushing back the attackers.
The attackers are believed to be from Libya Dawn’s Operation Sunrise which launched abortive bid to take the terminal a fortnight ago. However, a spokesman for Operation Sunrise in Tripoli has denied firing at the tanks. He did not deny the operation.
Meanwhile, the spokesman for Sidra Operation Room, Ali Ahwas, has claimed in a TV interview that gunmen seized his twin brother Mohamed in Tripoli, took him first to Misrata then Ben Jawad and demanded that Sunrise fighters captured during the clashes in Sidra and Ben Jawad be freed. He believed that he was the intended victim and that the kidnappers had taken his brother because of the resemblance. He added that a bid to release Sunrise fighters in return for his brother’s freedom had been rejected by the army. [/restrict]