Libyan fuel blast injures 17

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A fuel tank has exploded in a massive blast in the southern Libyan city of Sebha, injuring 17 people, the country's health ministry says.

The fire caused by Tuesday's explosion, some 775km south of the capital Tripoli, has been brought under control, witnesses said.

The blast comes weeks after a fuel tanker explosion in another southern Libyan city killed five people and injured 50.

Libya has suffered a fuel shortage since 2014 when the country was divided by a civil war in which rival factions are battling for power following an uprising that toppled long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

In many cities citizens have to wait in long queues, sometimes for hours, to refuel their vehicles.