The oil industry, the main resources of Libya, is at the center of heavy fighting between the different factions who occupy the country. Two Libyan oil fields have fallen into the hands of Islamists in Libya. Both oil farms are located in al-Mabrouk (170 km south of the city of Sirte , the former stronghold of Colonel Kadhfi) and al-Bahi (200 km south of Sirte), the extremists now would progress to a third site, Al Dahra.

All of these farms had been stopped for several weeks because of fighting in the region and the slow operation of export sites, including the oil terminal in Benghazi.

The site of al-Mabrouk, which is partly operated by the French company Total, had been the scene of fighting which had a dozen victims in February. Which caused the evacuation of prodcution personnel.

Both acts were claimed by an Islamist group pledged allegiance to the Islamic state in Libya. According to a spokesman for the Libyan army, security forces there had to retreat and can not consider the recovery of these oil extractions sites “lack of ammunition.”

Since the fall of the regime of Colonel Gaddafi in 2011, Libya is run by two parliaments and two rival governments, one recognized by the international community, based in Tobruk (east) and is supported by the forces of General Haftar and the other based in Tripoli (the official capital of the country) and is composed of a conglomerate of Islamist militias, Libya Fajr (Dawn of Libya). The two rival authorities have respectively conducted aerial acts on the positions of their opponent.