Libya's second city Benghazi hit by new fighting, families flee




 
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Libya's second city Benghazi hit by new fighting, families flee
 
June 15th, 2014  
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Libya's second city Benghazi hit by new fighting, families flee
By Ayman al-Warfalli BENGHAZI Libya (Reuters) - A renegade Libyan general launched an offensive on Sunday against Islamist militants in the eastern city of Benghazi, prompting dozens of families to flee the port in the latest bout of turmoil to hit the North African oil-producing nation. Libyan authorities are struggling to restore order across the vast desert nation ahead of a June 25 parliamentary election. The situation remains especially chaotic in Benghazi, Libya's second largest city and cradle of the NATO-backed uprising that toppled Muammar Gaddafi three years ago. Retired general Khalifa Haftar has declared war against militants in Benghazi and several army units have joined him, though the Tripoli government says he has no authority to act.




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