Libyan rivals clash over eastern oil ports and Tunisia crossing

December 14, 2014 6:30 PM

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BENGHAZI/TRIPOLI, Libya (Reuters) - Armed factions allied to Libya's two rival governments fought over eastern oil ports and the main border crossing to Tunisia on Sunday, forcing closure of the two biggest oil export terminals, officials said.

In clashes reminiscent of the 2011 civil war that toppled Muammar Gaddafi, the internationally recognized government based in the east sent jets to bomb a rival force trying to seize the oil facilities of Es Sider and Ras Lanuf and started its own offensive near the Tunisian border.

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