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Libya extinguishes fires at key oil terminal

Fighters from the Fajr Libya militia prepare to fire an anti-tank cannon during clashes with forces loyal to Libya's internationally recognised government near the Wetia military air base, west of Tripoli, on December 30, 2014Fires at seven storage tanks at one of Libya’s main oil terminal have been put out, officials said Friday, nine days after they were set off by a militia rocket. A rocket fired on December 25 by Fajr Libya (Libya Dawn), a coalition of Islamist-backed fighters, ignited the first fire which then spread to six other tanks at Al-Sidra oil terminal. “The fires have been extinguished in all seven tanks that were ablaze after raging out of control for nine days,” said Ali al-Hassi, security spokesman for the so-called “oil crescent” in eastern Libya. Around 70 volunteer firefighters helped put out the flames with help from employees from local oil companies under tough conditions, while pro-government forces and militias fought nearby, Hassi said.

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