Islamists take main military base in Benghazi


BENGHAZI: Islamist groups seized the headquarters of the Libyan army’s special forces in Benghazi after several days of heavy fighting, military officials and the Islamists said Wednesday.

An Islamist and jihadist alliance announced the capture Tuesday of the main military base in the eastern Libyan city in a statement. An army official confirmed this.

Two weeks of fighting around Tripoli airport and between Islamists and Haftar’s forces in Benghazi have killed scores of people and prompted several countries to urge their citizens to leave Libya.

Clashes raged on Monday and resumed on Tuesday afternoon after a brief lull.

On Monday, top world leaders urged an immediate ceasefire and called on the UN “to play an essential role in facilitating the political process” to restore stability to Libya.



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