Struggle for Libyan oilfield reflects fractured nation's conflict

November 11, 2014 3:36 PM

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CAIRO (Reuters) - Libya's biggest oilfield, shut down by gunmen last week, may struggle to rebuild production as the conflict splintering the desert nation draws in ever more groups of fighters, including poor southern tribes staking a claim to land resources.

The 340,000-barrels-a day El Sharara oilfield was attacked last week by gunmen who shut off a main source of government revenue and shattered hopes the oil industry would escape Libya's turmoil three years after the ouster of Muammar Gaddafi.

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