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Rebels fight army over oil ports

Libyan rebels occupying oil ports clashed with troops yesterday after attacking an army base where reinforcements were preparing for an offensive to break the blockade.

Anti-aircraft gunfire and explosions were heard in Ajdabiya, home town of rebel leader Ibrahim Jathran, whose fighters seized three ports last summer to demand a greater share in Libya's oil wealth.

Former anti-Gaddafi rebels and militias refuse to disarm and use force or control over oil facilities to back demands on a state whose army is still being trained.

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