Islamist militias launched an airstrike near key oil terminals in eastern Libya Tuesday, stepping up a battle for the government-held facilities, a security official said.

It was the first time that Fajr Libya, a coalition of Islamist militias, carried out an air raid on the oil region of Al-Hilal, which is home to the Al-Sidra, Ras Lanuf and Brega terminals.

Ali al-Hassi, security spokesman for the region, told AFP that a warplane fired missiles at a sector to the west of Al-Sidra, without causing casualties or damage. […]