24 Killed in Clashes Involving Rebel Militias and Government Troops in Libya

Rebels groups have clashed frequently since they ousted Muammar Gaddafi in the 2011 civil war
Rebels groups have clashed frequently since they ousted Muammar Gaddafi in the 2011 civil war

Fierce clashes in Libya killed 24 people on Friday after a paramilitary force led by a former general attacked Islamist militias in Benghazi.

Local media reported that government troops had also joined the attack against the Islamists.

But acting Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni condemned the operation as “a coup against the revolution”.

Libya’s leaders have struggled to bring stability to the country since Muammar Gaddafi was removed from power in 2011.

Benghazi, an eastern city that was at the heart of the anti-Gaddafi uprising, has been the scene of frequent clashes between the army and Islamist militias.

The force that carried out Friday’s attack is under the command of former Libyan army colonel Khalifa Haftar.

At least 24 people were reported to have died in the clashes and hospitals officials said more than 120 people had been wounded.

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SOURCE: BBC News

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