LIBYAPROSPECT – Misrata
The army forces affiliated with the House of Representatives (HoR), known as Operation Dignity, led by General Khalifa Haftar restored the control over Al-Sedra and Ran-Lanuf terminals, on Tuesday, following the armed clashes with Benghazi Defense Brigades (BDB) and the Petroleum Facilities Guards (PFG) affiliated with the Presidential Council (PC) of Government of National Accord (GNA).
The spokesperson for the Dignity Operation affiliated Petroleum Guards, Mohamed Al-Gabaely, said that their forces control the two major terminals, getting ready to attack and track the retreated forces.
Al-Gabaely confirmed that three elements are dead and 17 injured in the clashes erupted against the BDB troops.
The Dignity Operation waged, Tuesday morning, an attack on the eastern and southern axis, with air support. The BDB controlled the area between Nufalya, in the west, to Agela in the east, turned over Al-Sedra and Ras-Lanuf to the GNA.
The official page of Haftar Armed Forces said that “the Oil Crescent Region is totally under control,” which was confirmed by the spokesperson Ahmed Al-Mesmary, who stated that “the armed forces are advancing towards Harawa.”
From his side, the commander of Haftar PFG, Muftah Megarief said, in media press, that “the Oil Crescent Region to be liberated within hours.” The commanding officer of the brigade 302, Omran Al-Hamaly, stated that “we are tracking the BDB brigades, moving towards Al-Sedra. We are close to liberating the whole area.” Media sources, close to Dignity Operation, published, on Tuesday, photos claimed for Al-Sedra terminal. The BDB didn’t confirm nor deny the matter.
From another side, reports said the GNA petroleum guards and the BDB repelled an attack by Dignity forces.
The BDB support, Commander Yasser Al-Jebali stated that their troops are holding to their positions, placed around the Oil Crescent Region, Benghazi is their target. He added that “we handed over the oil installations to the PFG, retreated immediately, but Dignity militias attacked the petroleum guards in Ras-Lanuf.”
From his side, the commander of PFG assigned by the GNA Idris Bukhamada requested no-fly zone over the oil crescent to protect the terminals. He asked the Presidential Council to call on international allies to prevent any air carriers from flying over the area; he confirmed that “the area needs international protection.”
He said that seven members of Petroleum Guards were killed, on Monday, a professional workshop was destroyed in Ras-Lanuf.
The National Council for Reconciliation announced an initiative regarding the recent events, called all vying parties to join the peace efforts, avoid bloodshed, and achieve peace and stability. The initiative urged all vying factions to halt military operations in the Oil Crescent Region, spare to wisdom, and open more space to social and political talks.
Sources inside the GNA Defense Ministry pointed to a trilateral meeting between Idris Bukhamada, the GNA Defense Minister, El-Mahdi El-Barghathi, and the head of the PC, Fayez Al-Sarraj.
Internationally, the ambassadors of France’ Italy, United Kingdom, and the United States called for immediate halt to military operations and to avoid any further escalation.
They expressed, in a joint statement, their concern over the violence in the Oil Crescent Region, adding that “the oil infrastructure, oil exports, and revenues belong to all Libyans, should remain under the supervision of the National Oil Corporation (NOC), in accordance with the Security Council resolutions 2259, 2278.”