Government forces advance in Libyan city

2014-10-22 22:33
Smoke billows from buildings during clashes between Libyan security forces and armed Islamist groups in the eastern coastal city of Benghazi. (Abdullah Doma, AFP)

Smoke billows from buildings during clashes between Libyan security forces and armed Islamist groups in the eastern coastal city of Benghazi. (Abdullah Doma, AFP)

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Benghazi - A military spokesperson says the government forces have entered Benghazi, where fighting raged between Islamist militias and pro-government forces over control of the eastern Libyan city.

Meloud al-Zewi, spokesperson for Libya's special forces, said on Wednesday that after forces swept Benina, where Benghazi's airport is located, they have taken control of other districts including one called Sedi Khalifa. The district is heavily populated and located on the eastern side of Benghazi, which is also adjacent to other hot spots in Benghazi such as al-Kouifiya district.

For many, this is the first sight of army troops with their armoured vehicles inside the city since Islamist militias claimed control of Benghazi in August.

Pictures of soldiers kissing the ground and residents welcoming the armoured vehicles were widely circulated on social networking sites.

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