Seven civil­ians killed by shelling in Benghazi: Hospi­tal sources

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

TRIPOLI—At least seven civil­ians have been killed and eight wounded by shelling in the east­ern Libyan city of Benghazi, a hospi­tal of­fi­cial said on Satur­day.

He said the shelling had taken place on Thurs­day and Fri­day in res­i­den­tial ar­eas close the front­lines in Benghazi, which has seen heavy fight­ing in some neigh­bor­hoods over the past two years. Forces loyal to mil­i­tary com­man­der Khal­ifa Haf­tar launched a cam­paign against Is­lamists and other op­po­nents in Benghazi in 2014. Haf­tar’s forces made sub­stan­tial gains ear­lier this year, but fight­ing on the edges of the city has con­tin­ued. A spe­cial forces spokesman, Fadel al-Hassi, said shelling over the past two days had come from the Sabri and Souq al-Hut dis­tricts in north­ern Benghazi, where Haf­tar’s op­po­nents have been hold­ing out. The claim could not im­me­di­ately be ver­i­fied.

Ear­lier this week jets pounded Sabri and Souq alHut and at least six men from Haf­tar’s forces were killed in fight­ing on the ground. Libya has been in tur­moil since vet­eran ruler Muam­mar Qaddafi was forced from power in an up­ris­ing five years ago.

A United Na­tions­backed unity gov­ern­ment is de­signed to re­place two ri­val govern­ments that have com­peted for power from Tripoli and from the east since 2014.—Agen­cies

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