A power struggle between the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) based in Tripoli and a parallel administration backed by Haftar's self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) in the east has left the country's vast desert south a lawless no-man's land.
LNA (the Libyan National Army) based in eastern Libya began an offensive in the south last month to fight militants and secure oilfields.
REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny/File Photo The comments by Abdel-Razeq Nathouri, chief of staff of the Libyan National Army (LNA) commanded by Khalifa Haftar, may soothe fears of a battle for the 315,000 barrels-per-day field.
Haftar is a dominant figure in eastern Libya where his Libyan National Army group seized the second-largest city of Benghazi in 2017 by expelling Islamists and other fighters.
In a statement late Wednesday, Ahmed Mesmari, spokesman for the self-styled Libyan National Army under Hifter's command, says the move was taken in order to provide security to an area that was previously lawless.
Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) group, which is based in the east, called oil firm NOC to lift force majeure, a contractual waiver, it had declared when it shut down production.
Friday’s clashes were the first real resistance the Libyan National Army (LNA) faction faced since arriving in the south two weeks ago from its main eastern stronghold of Benghazi.
Western nations hope ordinary Libyans will pressure armed groups into a peaceful solution But in eastern Libya, some worry the forum may give a platform to Islamists and other opponents defeated by the Libyan National Army (LNA) of Khalifa Haftar.
The Libyan National Army (LNA) faction said it killed Abu Talha al-Libi, a commander in Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), and two other militants near the city of Sabha, LNA spokesman Ahmed Mismari said.