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    Libya PM threatens force to secure vital oil sector
    January 10, 2013

    Libya's Prime Minister Ali Zeidan threatened to impose order by force on Wednesday in response to unrest that has caused astronomical losses in the oil sector and deadly violence in the capital.

    "We will be compelled to use force to protect the state," Zeidan warned on the sidelines of a ministerial meeting which he interrupted to speak to the press.

    "Oil is our only source of revenue," he said, lamenting the loss of 1.3 million Libyan dinars ($1 million) per day because of inaccessible oil installations blocked off by protesters.

    Tribal clashes in Libya’s Kufra ‘kill 4’
    Thursday, January 10, 2013

    TRIPOLI: Four people were killed in clashes pitting Toubou tribesmen against a brigade linked to the Libyan army in the southern town of Kufra, a military official told AFP on Wednesday.

    “Four Toubou tribesmen were killed on Tuesday in clashes against Shield Libya,” an army force made up of former rebels, the official said. Shield Libya, he said, intervened “to prevent student casualties” after a skirmish between Toubou and Zwai tribesmen escalated into an armed confrontation inside Kufra university.

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