By Salem Ali
Tripoli, 2 March 2015:
A fresh attack on the Libya’s oil terminals and oilfields in east of the country is . . .[restrict]imminent, the spokesman for the central area Petroleum Facility Guards (PFG) has warned.
Ali Al-Hassi claimed that Operation Sunrise, the largely Misratan force dispatched by Libya Dawn in mid-December to seize the terminals, was planning a fresh attack, this time using air strikes and long-range missiles. The aim, he alleged, was not to capture the terminals but to destroy them and deny the Beida-based government any oil income. “Destruction of enemy crops” was the objective, Hassi declared.
Libya and the world had to be aware of the threat, he said.
Fighting around Sidra has reached a stalemate, with Operation Sunrise unable to advance its front line a few kilometres west of the town and PFG forces supported by LNA aircraft unable to dislodge them from their base came at Ben Jawad further west. In the stalemate, IS forces have been able to expand their power, seizing the nearby town of Nawfaliya. [/restrict]