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36 killed in fighting in eastern Libya

36 killed in fighting in eastern Libya

libia Libya´s Health Ministry said that fighting between troops loyal to a rogue general and two Islamist militias in the country’s second-largest city has killed 36 people.

According to a private TV channel on Saturday, a statement Saturday said 139 people were wounded in the fighting that broke out a day earlier in Benghazi when army troops under the command of Gen. Khalifa Hifter besieged the bases of the two militias.

Military aircraft and helicopters under Hifter´s command also flew over the city. The fighting halted Saturday.

The central government criticized Hifter´s attack, although many in the country were divided over the offensive.

Benghazi has been gripped by violence blamed on powerful militias who act outside of government control.

Benghazi´s airport was closed for the second day Saturday because of the fighting.

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