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Clashes in Benghazi between Libyan army and Islamists

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On Sunday, a battle broke out between the Libyan Army, under the leadership of General Khlifa Haftar, and Islamist groups, in the eastern city of Benghazi. The firefight resulted in the death of four Libyan soldiers and six soldiers were injured. Libyan Army forces whose loyalty lies with the House of Representatives (HoR) in Tobrok have been fighting with various Islamist groups in the city of Benghazi for over a year.

The Islamist groups have attempted to advance their line deep into the city of Benghazi, but the Libyan army stood firm in their way, the battle raged in Benghazi until later Sunday evening.

The Libyan army has already regained a lot of ground, which they lost last year. Haftar and the House of Representatives (HoR) blame their loss of ground on their “outdated warplane” and “lack of precision guns”.

According to Reuters, there was also a fight between army brigades loyal to the HoR, and Islamic State (IS) affiliates just outside the eastern city of Darna, the city of which IS was expelled from in June. It is reported that airstrikes were sent to bomb IS positions just outside Darna. IS militants have begun multiple attempts to regain control of Darna earlier this month, after the Shura Council of Mujahedeen in Darna expelled them from the city in June.