Forces loyal to Libya’s powerful general, Khalifa Haftar, say they have seized a third Mediterranean oil port from those loyal to the country’s Government of National Accord (GNA).
Military spokesman Mohammad al-Azumi said Haftar's forces were able to take control of Zuwaytina port and secure it completely on Monday.
The fighters, who support the rival government based in east Libya, had seized two other Mediterranean oil ports of al-Sidra and Ras Lanuf on Sunday, according to Azumi.
"The armed forces are now concentrated at the port and have secured it after expelling outlaw militia from it," the LANA news agency reported.
Another spokesman of Haftar's forces said efforts were underway to seize the port of Brega, that remains in the hands of GNA guards.
The GNA government has called on its forces to "protect and defend" the ports against what it describes as "flagrant aggression" against the county’s sovereignty. The oil ports are considered as a vital source of income for the government.