RPT-Little new damage found as east Libyan forces push to secure oil ports

Sat Mar 18, 2017 8:00am GMT

(Repeats without changes from Friday)

* Little new damage apparent at Es Sider and Ras Lanuf

* Eastern-based LNA lost control of ports for 11 days

By Ayman al-Warfalli

RAS LANUF, Libya, March 17 (Reuters) - A broken down truck and a tank lie by the side of the road in the sand, and overturned boxes are strewn across the floor of a firefighting station.

Otherwise, Libya's coastal Oil Crescent appears much as it did before a string of battles saw the eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) lose and retake the major export terminals of Ras Lanuf and Es Sider in the space of 11 days.

The fighting with the Benghazi Defence Brigades (BDB) caused output to dip slightly, and fuelled fears of fresh shutdowns in Libya's most important oil producing region.

But workers are gradually returning to the oil facilities which officials say show little sign of damage beyond what was wrought in previous rounds of fighting.

Military checkpoints have sprung up again, and shops, mosques and petrol stations have reopened. The LNA says it is once more fully in control.   Continued...

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