Toll from Benghazi clashes reaches 34

The clashes erupted Saturday in Benghazi's Bouatni district between army troops and members of Benghazi Revolutionaries militias backed by Ansar al-Sharia militiamen after the latter attacked an army base in the area.

Toll from Benghazi clashes reaches 34

World Bulletin/News Desk

The death toll from the latest bout of violence between Libyan army forces and militiamen in the eastern city of Benghazi reached 34, a health official said Monday.

"Most fatalities were civilians," the official, requesting anonymity, told Anadolu Agency.

He said at least 87 people were also injured in the clashes, which erupted Saturday in Benghazi's Bouatni district between army troops and members of Benghazi Revolutionaries militias backed by Ansar al-Sharia militiamen after the latter attacked an army base in the area.

Billows of smoke were seen rising from the camp after a shell hit it.

An Anadolu Agency correspondent said that the clashes continued till Sunday amid indiscriminate firing in the area. The latest round of violence has forced hundreds of civilians to flee their areas.

Benghazi has been the scene of mounting crime and militancy since the 2011 ouster and death of longtime strongman Muammar Gaddafi.

The city has also witnessed sporadic fighting between forces loyal to renegade general Khalifa Haftar and militias, the latter of which have become a common feature of post-Gaddafi Libya.

In May, Haftar declared war on armed militias based in eastern Libya, vowing to "purge" the country of "extremists."

The Libyan government, for its part, has called the former general's campaign a "coup."

Güncelleme Tarihi: 28 Temmuz 2014, 12:29

Muhammed Öylek

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