Two oil terminals in Libya were targeted by Islamic State fighters causing one storage tank to catch alight.
The tank at nearby port Ras Lanuf was struck by a rocket, according to Reuters, causing a fire while fighting continued.
According to Libya’s National Oil Company, the tank was holding around 400,000 barrels of oil and the fire was still burning on Monday (January 4) night.
At Es Sider, around 20 km from Ras Lanuf, a targeted attacked killed seven guards and wounded more than 20 people.
A statement released by The National Corporation urged ‘competent authorities’ to work with the Emergency Committee of the Oil Crescent to prevent the blaze spreading to the remaining tanks in the terminal.
It also warned of ‘the strong possibility of consequent loss of lives and assets’.