Toll in Benghazi clashes rises to 36 - reports

2014-10-03 15:46

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cairo - The death toll in clashes and suicide attacks on anti-Islamist forces in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi has risen to 36, local media reported on Friday.

Libyan news site Al-Wasat quoted an unnamed military source as saying that 36 army troops were killed when suicide bombers in three explosives-rigged cars blew themselves up at Benina Airport.

The airport, on the outskirts of the city, is the last stronghold of forces loyal to retired general Khalifa Haftar, who in May launched an offensive against Islamist militias in Benghazi.

The report quoted a medical source in Marj Hospital as saying that the hospital had received 31 bodies after the clashes as well as 107 wounded people.

Fears of nationwide civil strife in Libya have grown in recent months as the country's plethora of militias line up behind two regional and political alliances.

Islamists and allies, including forces from the powerful western city of Misrata, have taken control of the capital, Tripoli, and installed a government there to rival the one appointed by the internationally recognised parliament meeting in the eastern town of Tobruk.

A United Nations-brokered dialogue process is due to resume after the Eid al-Adha holiday, but it has been rejected by the Libya Dawn coalition controlling Tripoli.

Read more on:    libya  |  north africa

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.