Fighting rages in Libya's Benghazi


Published: 2017-07-08 10:46

Last Updated: 2021-03-01 08:07

(File photo)
(File photo)

East Libyan forces have lost at least 12 men, with 35 wounded ongoing fighting in Benghazi, following declaration of victory by their commander, medical and military officials said on Friday.

Forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) are trying to sweep up the last pockets of resistance in Sabri, the final neighborhood in which rival armed groups still hold territory following a three-year campaign for control Libya’s second city.

The fight for Benghazi has been part of a broader conflict since the 2011 fall of strongman Muammar Gaddafi.
On Wednesday evening, Haftar announced the end of the campaign in a televised speech.

Haftar is aligned with a government and parliament in eastern Libya and has rejected a U.N.-backed government based in the capital, Tripoli.