Libya's General Haftar resumes Benghazi airstrikes
Former Libyan General Khalifa Haftar has resumed airstrikes on the restive city of Benghazi.
A military jet carried out multiple raids against a militia camp in Benghazi on Wednesday.
“Air raids targeted a camp of the February 17 Martyrs Brigades, hitting it with two missiles,” Ahmed al-Jazaoui, a militiaman, said.
The aerial attacks were reportedly coordinated and commanded by forces loyal to the former general.
Witnesses said the strikes sent a plume of black smoke into the air. However, it is not clear yet whether the attacks have caused any casualties.
Haftar launched a military offensive in the country’s east against militants on May 16, saying that he wants to crush them and establish stability in Libya.
Meanwhile, gunmen attacked an Interior Ministry force tasked with protecting the outgoing Libyan government.
The government denounced the attack, blaming it on what it called outlaws.
“The government strongly condemns the attack on an Interior Ministry force in charge of protecting the government,” the cabinet said.
Reports said the assault was carried out by militants opposed to the nomination of Prime Minister Ahmed Miitig.
Nearly three years after the fall of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi, Libya is still grappling with rising insecurity as the country has been witnessing numerous clashes between government forces and rival militia groups.
The former rebels refuse to lay down arms despite efforts by the central government to impose law and order.
Thousands of angry Libyan demonstrators have recently taken to the streets in different cities to protest against lack of security across the North African country.