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Libya Oil Guards Clash With Islamic State Near Biggest Terminal

  • Es Sider oil teriminal closed since December 2014 attacks
  • Islamic State militants, petroleum guards killed in clash

Libya’s Petroleum Facilities Guard clashed with militants of the Islamic State near Es Sider, the country’s biggest oil port which has been closed for more than a year, according to the guards’ spokesman Ali al-Hasy.

Four Islamic State militants and two petroleum guards were killed in the ongoing armed confrontations near Es Sider, al-Hasy said by phone. An oil storage tank was hit by a shell and caught fire, he said. The storage tank is close to the oil port of Ras Lanuf, Mohamed Elharari, spokesman of the state-run National Oil Corp., said by phone