19 pro-government forces killed in Libya

2015-05-21 18:49
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Benghazi - Medical and army officials say 19 soldiers have been killed over the past 24 hours in the eastern city of Benghazi, where the army is making a new push to retake the city from Islamic militants.

The offensive is primarily targeting the militant stronghold district of al-Laithi, amid reports that army chief Gen Khalifa Hifter is making a new push to fully retake Benghazi after months of stalemate.

Government fighter jets bombed multiple positions overnight and early on Thursday, a military official said.

Six bodies arrived at the Benghazi medical centre, said hospital spokesperson Khalifa Gwaider said.

A second army official said 13 bodies had arrived at other hospitals.

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