#AceWorldNews – BENGHAZI – May 18 – The death toll from heavy clashes between Islamist militias and troops loyal to a rogue Libyan general in Benghazi has risen to 79, an official at the country’s health ministry said on Sunday, Xinhua reports.
More than 141 people have been injured in the violence.
On Friday, the forces of retired Major General Khalifa Haftar shelled many Islamist militant bases, including those of Ansar Al-Sharia and the February 17 Brigade. Haftar said the operation, dubbed ‘Dignity of Libya,’ was meant to purge Libya’s second largest city of terrorists.
However, Libya’s interim authorities described Haftar’s move as a “coup.”