Clashes in Libya leave two Egyptians dead

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Two Egyptian citizens were killed and four others wounded when clashes broke out on Sunday between Libyan Army Forces and the Islamist militia ‘Fajr Libya’, near the coastal crossing of Ras Gadier on the Libyan-Tunisian border.

The Egyptian community representative in Libya, Alaa Hadoura, confirmed the victims’ identities to be Mohamed Al-Sayed, age 36, and Wael Gamal, age 27, reports Middle East News Agency (MENA), Egypt’s state-run media outlet.

Libya’s eastern As-Sedra oil export port, the country’s largest, was also shutdown due to infighting between forces representing the legitimate government and Islamist militias on Sunday, according to Libyan officials.

Since August, Libya’s recognised government has been forced to move into the east of the country since a group called ‘Fajr Libya’ (Libya’s Dawn) seized the country’s capital Tripoli and set up its own government and parliament.

More than 400 people have been killed over the last six weeks due to heavy clashes between Libyan pro-government troops and militants, according to Libyan medical sources.

In the main eastern city of Benghazi, 300 people have been killed in three weeks of clashes.

The recent turmoil has also lowered Libya’s oil exports to below 500,000 barrels per day, based on previously published figures.

Since the toppling of former President Muammar Gaddafi, who was assassinated in 2011, Libya has fallen into turmoil after the country became a hotspot for Islamist militants who are battling against rebel forces.

Libya is currently facing a massive threat from militants aligned with the self-proclaimed Islamic State, formerly ISIL, as recent reports confirmed militants loyal to the terrorist organisation are in control of the Libyan city of Derna, approximately 200 kilometres away from the Egyptian border.