15 killed as Gaddafi loyalists attack oil refinery

Witnesses said a convoy of pickups drove out of the desert at 9am and attacked the facility close to Ras Lanuf, about 380 from Tripoli, on the approach to the regime stronghold of Sirte.

Abdalil Salah, an official in the interim oil ministry, said it was an attempt to disrupt the plant and prevent efforts to resume oil production.

“They came out of the desert from the south and attacked the main gate from a distance with rockets,” he told The Daily Telegraph.

“We still don’t know much more but it was obviously a deliberate attempt to disrupt operations at a facility that can export 6-700,000 barrels of oil a day.” Much of Libya’s interior remains beyond the reach of former rebels, who took control of Tripoli last month.

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