Libyan forces hit ISIS camp with air strike

A member of the Libyan National Army holds a weapon during clashes with extremist militants in Khreibish district in Benghazi. (Reuters)

East Libyan forces said they launched air strikes against suspected ISIS militants on Wednesday south of the group’s former stronghold of Sirte.

“The Libyan air force struck and destroyed the biggest concentration of Daesh (ISIS) south of Sirte, after monitoring the site over a period of time,” said Sherif al-Awami, an air force commander with the Libyan National Army.

The site contained a large camp with military vehicles and stocks of petrol and water and had been used as a base for mounting attacks, he said.

ISIS was driven from Sirte last year and has been trying to regroup in the desert to the south, launching occasional forays into inhabited areas and attacks against local forces.

The United States has reported launching three sets of air strikes against extremist camps in the area this year.

Last Update: Thursday, 16 November 2017 KSA 03:53 - GMT 00:53

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