DAESH sets fire to Libyan petrol terminal

Libyan guards say DAESH has killed at least two people and set fire to Es Sider oil export petrol terminal during a clash with security forces

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
Photo by: Reuters (Archive)

Es Sider petrol terminal is under Ibrahim al-Jathran's Petrol Facilities Guard’s protection.

A Libyan petrol facility guard source reported on Monday that Libya’s Es Sider oil export terminal was set on fire by DAESH and at least two guards were killed during a clash with security forces.

Es Sider petrol terminal is under the protection of the Ibrahim al-Jathran's Petrol Facilities Guard which also supports the government based in the city of Tobruk in the east.  

DAESH launched a rocket attack and carried out two suicide car bombings targeting the petrol terminal during  the fighting, causing a huge fire, a security source told Reuters.

The group claimed to have launched an attack on Es Sider after taking the nearby town of Ben Jawad, but no independent confirmation was provided.

Last month the United Nations tried to broker an agreement in Morocco to form a national unity government and end the ongoing conflict in Libya.

Libya has been facing a streak of violent unrest since long-time autocrat Muammar Gaddafi was ousted in 2011.   

Due to the power vacuum resulting from the HoR’s control of the country’s east and the GNC’s control of the west, cities like Sirte in central Libya suffer from lawlessness or tribal rule, making them easy targets for groups like DAESH. 

TRTWorld and agencies