• 356 dead in month-old battle for Benghazi

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    BENGHAZI, Libya: At least 356 people have been killed in fighting for Libya’s second city Benghazi since the launch of a government-backed offensive against Islamist militias a month ago, medical sources said on Saturday (Sunday in Manila). More than 200 of the dead have been soldiers – either members of the regular army or loyalists of controversial retired general Khalifa Haftar, the Red Crescent and hospital sources said. All of Libya’s three big cities – the capital Tripoli, third city Misrata and Benghazi – are largely under the control of Islamist-led militias.

    AFP

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