Libya recaptures Sirte sites from militants

Calm prevailed in the city after a day of fighting between the Libyan army and the Barqa defense force rebels who had seized the two sites last week, he added.

Libya recaptures Sirte sites from militants

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Libyan army has recaptured the airport and a military base in the eastern city of Sirte from rebels, a local official said.

"The army acted in line with the parliament's decision to break the siege imposed on the east's oil ports and liberate Sirte International Airport and Qardabiya air force base from militants affiliated with the so-called Barqa defense force," Abdel-Fattah al-Sewi, head of Sirte local council, told Anadolu Agency late on Tuesday.

Calm prevailed in the city after a day of fighting between the Libyan army and the Barqa defense force rebels who had seized the two sites last week, he added.

The official said one army soldier was injured in the gun battles.

The self-declared administration of the oil-rich eastern Barqa region had claimed control over the region's oil fields and ports, demanding autonomy.

The 24-member administration, known as the Executive Office, was formed last year to run the affairs of the region, citing marginalization by the federal government, but the move was not recognized by the government in Tripoli.

Libya has been suffering security turmoil since the 2011 popular uprising that ousted longstanding leader Muammar Gaddafi, amid tensions among its various regions.

On Tuesday, Libya's interim parliament sacked Prime Minister Ali Zeidan and appointed Defense Minister Abdullah al-Thinni to lead a caretaker government.

Hours later, the country's prosecutor-general banned Zeidan from travelling abroad on corruption charges, but reports emerged that he had already left the country.

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