Forces loyal to Libya’s eastern government said they staged an air strike against opponents in the central Jufra region, according to a spokesman for the eastern-based Libyan National Army. Led by Field Marshall Khalifa Haftar the LNA over the last few months has made substantial military gains in Benghazi and Libya’s Oil Crescent region, provoking several attempted counter-attacks by rivals. The Libyan Nationl Army carried out air strikes this month to repel what it said was an attempt to recapture Oil Crescent ports it took control of in September. Shortly afterwards, it launched strikes against opponents at a military base in Jufra. The strikes have raised fears of a new escalation in Libya’s conflict. A U.N.-backed government in Tripoli has so far failed to reconcile Libya’s warring factions.