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Libyan loyalist bid to retake oil ports fails

A man waves a Libyan flag as fighter jet flies by at the Zueitina oil terminalA counter-attack by fighters loyal to Libya’s UN-backed unity government aimed at retaking key eastern oil ports was repelled on Sunday by forces from a rival administration. The GNA is the centrepiece of UN efforts to restore stability in Libya and forge a central authority capable of tackling the twin scourges of IS and rampant people trafficking across the Mediterranean to Europe. Oil is Libya’s key asset, and revenue from crude exports is vital if the GNA is to rebuild an economy and infrastructure ravaged by violence since the 2011 uprising that killed veteran dictator Moamer Kadhafi.

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