Bat­tle­ground forms at main oil ter­mi­nals

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Hun­dreds if not thou­sands of armed men are con­verg­ing on Libya’s main oil ship­ping ter­mi­nals, which the ri­val pow­ers in the coun­try’s east and west are fight­ing to con­trol in a bat­tle be­ing watched by global oil markets. The strug­gle for the Ras Lanuf re­fin­ery and nearby Sidr de­pot threat­ens to spi­ral into an all-out con­flict be­tween east and west. Al­ready, it has seen the blood­i­est fight­ing yet be­tween the two camps: Around 40 troops from the east were killed over four days as mili­tias backed by west­ern fac­tions stormed the area last Fri­day, los­ing a hand­ful of ca­su­al­ties.

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