At least 27 people have been killed and 90 more wounded in clashes Saturday between protesters and a Libyan militia, reported Al Arabiya's correspondent.Reuters quoted a doctor on the ground as saying the Libyan militia was operating with Defence Ministry approval in the eastern city of Benghazi .
According to Reuters, residents said dozens of protesters demonstrated outside the headquarters of the Libyan Shield Forces (LSF), a coalition of militias, demanding the disbanding of militias.“A group of protesters started protesting against the presence of militias. They were calling for the disbanding of groups to rebuild the army,” a Benghazi resident told Reuters.“As I was leaving, I saw protesters throwing stones and the other side fired back.”A spokesman for the security operations room in Benghazi told Reuters: “Initial reports say 18 people were injured and two were killed. No military action has been taken as of yet. We are waiting for elders to intervene.”Ahmed Belashahr, a local activist, told Reuters: “People protested because they believe militias go against Libya’s stability, which can only be achieved through a proper army and police .”Libya’s new rulers are still struggling to impose their authority on a myriad of armed groups who often take the law into their own hands, Reuters said.