Death toll in fighting in Libya's Benghazi rises to 18

The Ansar al-Sharia militant group attacked an army camp, triggering fighting in several parts of the port city. (File Photo: Reuters)

The death toll in heavy fighting between the Libyan army and Islamist militants in the eastern Benghazi city has risen to 18, hospital doctors said on Monday.

They said around 30 people had been wounded during clashes that started at dawn and were still raging through parts of the port city by midday.

The North African state, an OPEC member, is in protracted turmoil three years after the NATO-backed uprising that ousted Muammar Gaddafi, with Islamist, anti-Islamist, regional and political factions locked in conflict.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:42 - GMT 06:42
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