BENGHAZI, Libya, March 14 East Libyan forces
said they had regained control on Tuesday of the major oil ports
of Ras Lanuf and Es Sider from a rival faction that seized them
earlier this month.
Military spokesman Ahmed al-Mismari told Reuters that the
eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) was pursuing fighters
from the Benghazi Defence Brigades (BDB) towards the town of Ben
Jawad, about 30 km (20 miles) west of Es Sider.
Akram Buhaliqa, an LNA commander in the nearby city of
Ajdabiya, also said BDB fighters were retreating towards Ben
Jawad. The claims could not be independently verified.
(Reporting by Ayman al-Warfalli; Writing by Aidan Lewis;
Editing by Robin Pomeroy)