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Video: Oil field seizures by renegade Libyan general undermine Tripoli government

FRANCE 24 screengrab | Atlantic Council fellow Mohamed Eljarh

The capture of all four export terminals in Libya’s so-called oil crescent by troops loyal to renegade commander Khalifa Haftar threatens to undermine the internationally recognised government in Tripoli and has renewed fears of a new civil war.

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The seizure of the oil plants by Haftar's men is a major blow to the internationally recognised government in Tripoli, which is almost entirely dependent on oil revenues for its income.

Libya plunged into chaos after the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed dictator Muammar Gaddafi, leading to the rise of the Islamic State (IS) group in the country, with little hope of a return to political and economic stability in the short term.

Regional expert Mohamed Eljarh, a fellow at the Atlantic Council think tank, told FRANCE 24 that the UN-backed government has no support on the ground.

“[General] Haftar understands that what matters to the international community is fighting terrorism, securing Libya’s oil infrastructure and making sure we restore some stability,” Eljarh said.

“He is trying to portray himself to the international community – but most importantly to the Libyans and the Libyan tribes – as the person that can bring some sort of stability and progress,” he added.

Click on the player above to see FRANCE 24’s full interview with Mohamed Eljarh.

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