Army troops ‘in central Benghazi’

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Published: Wednesday 29th October 2014 by The News Editor

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Libyan government troops have entered central Benghazi after nearly 10 days of fighting Islamic extremist militias, violence that killed dozens of people and forced hundreds of families to flee, military sources said.

Spokesman Mohammed Hegazi said renegade General Khalifa Hifter, who led a campaign against militants, appeared in a military parade today on Gamal Abdel-Nasser Street in the heart of Benghazi.

He says the majority of Benghazi is under the army’s control, a claim disputed by the militias.

Mr Hegazi says arms and ammunition are reaching the militias from the western city of Misrata.

Militias from that city recently took control of the capital along with Islamist-allied factions, forcing the elected government out.

Libya is facing its worst violence since its 2011 civil war that toppled dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

Published: Wednesday 29th October 2014 by The News Editor

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