Major Libyan fuel depot ablaze after rocket strike

TRIPOLI Sat Aug 2, 2014 9:26am EDT

Smoke rises after rockets fired by one of Libya's militias struck and ignited a tank in Tripoli August 2, 2014.  REUTERS/Hani Amara

Smoke rises after rockets fired by one of Libya's militias struck and ignited a tank in Tripoli August 2, 2014.

Credit: Reuters/Hani Amara

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TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Fire tore through Tripoli's main fuel depot on Saturday after rockets fired by one of Libya's militias struck and ignited a tank, the National Oil company (NOC) said.

Black plumes of smoke rose over the fuel tanks, which store oil for use in the capital and are located near Tripoli's international airport.

Firefighters deployed to tackle the blaze were forced back by the fighting, NOC spokesman Mohamed al-Harari said.

(Reporting By Aziz El Yaakoubi, editing by John Stonestreet)

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