Heavy fighting in Libya's Benghazi as army pushes to take port




 
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February 6th, 2015  
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Topic: Heavy fighting in Libya's Benghazi as army pushes to take port


By Ayman al-Warfalli BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Clashes erupted in the center of Libya's main eastern city Benghazi on Thursday as pro-government forces pushed to take the port district from Islamist militants, and seven soldiers were killed, witnesses and military officials said. The fighting mirrors a wider struggle in the oil-producing North African state where two governments and parliaments, allied to rival armed groups, are vying for control almost four years after Muammar Gaddafi fell to an armed uprising. Backed by forces led by General Khalifa Haftar, army special forces in mid-October launched an offensive against Islamists in Benghazi, expelling them from the airport area and from several camps the army had lost during the summer.

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