At least 14 dead in Libya Benghazi clashes

At least 14 dead in Libya Benghazi clashes
Libya's second city witnesses fighting between rival militias, leaving at least 14 dead.
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09 July, 2015
Different forces have been fighting over Benghazi for months [AFP].
At least 14 people have been killed in Libya's second city, Benghazi, in battles between militiamen and forces loyal to the internationally recognised government, hospital officials said on Thursday.

The fighting erupted on Wednesday morning in the centre of the city, cradle of the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed veteran ruler Muammar Gaddafi.

The Benghazi Medical Centre said on its Facebook page that it had received the bodies of 13 people as well as 50 wounded.

Al-Jalaa hospital, meanwhile, reported being hit by a rocket that killed one person and wounded three.

It was not immediately clear if those killed and wounded in the clashes - which subsided late on Wednesday - were mostly civilians or fighters.

Benghazi has been reeling from more than a year of near-daily clashes between pro-government forces and armed groups, including Islamists, battling for control of the eastern city.

At least 1,700 people have been killed in the violence since early 2014, according to the Libya Body Count watchdog.

Elsewhere in Libya, a senior military intelligence officer was killed in Misrata on Wednesday, when a bomb concealed in his car exploded, a security official said.

The officer, Taher Allush, was close to Fajr Libya, a militia alliance which seized Tripoli in August last year and set up a rival government and parliament.

Libya was plunged into chaos after the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi's regime in 2011, with rival militias fighting for their own territorial and financial interests in the oil-rich country.