Libya Oil Guard Tasked With Protecting Oil Ports

An oil guard official appointed by Libya's U.N.-backed government has said that he had been tasked with protecting oil ports by an armed faction that took over Es Sider and Ras Lanuf terminals. Idris Bukhamada, recently named by the Government of National Accord as the head of the Petroleum Facilities Guard, told local TV that export operations at the ports were continuing and that the oil was for all Libyans. He was speaking after east Libyan forces carried out air strikes for a fifth day against the Benghazi Defence Brigades. The eastern-based Libyan National Army and the BDB have been battling for control in Libya's eastern Oil Crescent, threatening output from oil ports that the LNA seized in September.