Attack on east Libya oil ports averted


Eastern Libyan forces averted an attempted attack on some of Libya’s major oil ports on Wednesday and rival fighters withdrew from a nearby town, security officials said.

Spokesman Ahmed al-Mismari said eastern forces arrested leaders of the rival faction, which briefly took control of the town of Ben Jawad. He said the rival forces were being pursued in the surrounding area.

Earlier, security officials said they launched air strikes to defend the oil ports which eastern forces had seized three months earlier.