More violent clashes in Benghazi reported Wednesday

Published November 27th, 2013 - 05:59 GMT
Members of Ansar Sharia and many other militias throughout the country have refused to disarm following the oust of Gaddafi which has led to clashes and tension between the militias and the Libyan government forces accordingly (File Archive/AFP)
Members of Ansar Sharia and many other militias throughout the country have refused to disarm following the oust of Gaddafi which has led to clashes and tension between the militias and the Libyan government forces accordingly (File Archive/AFP)

Reuters reported Wednesday that Libyan army and Islamist militants clashed outside of Benghazi following Monday's fatal fighting. Several people were wounded.

Since the oust of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Libya's military has attempted to halt Islamist militant and militia activity throughout the county. However, Islamists have refused to disarm following the 2011 revolution and maintain in control of key oil field areas of the country.

Wednesday's clashes follow Monday's fighting between army special forces and the Ansar Sharia militia in Benghazi, leaving at least nine people dead. According to the report, the fighting started after members of Ansar pitched a grenade at a special forces patrol.

Islamist run many checkpoints throughout Libya's second-largest city, and the situation in Benghazi has deteriorated overall, particularly within the last two months. Many consulates have closed their offices in the city and some airlines have stopped flights as well.

The growing chaos in Libya is "worrying its neighbors" as well as the West who backed the uprising against Gaddafi.


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