Death toll from Benghazi stray shell rises to 9

According to eyewitnesses, the shell landed near a pharmacy located across the street from the hospital in Ben Younes

Death toll from Benghazi stray shell rises to 9

World Bulletin/News Desk

The death toll from a stray shell that struck a residential neighborhood in Libya's eastern Benghazi city one day earlier rose to nine on Wednesday, a Libyan health official has said.

Earlier Wednesday, two people succumbed to injuries sustained during Tuesday's shelling, the official, requesting anonymity, told The Anadolu Agency.

He added that body parts brought to Benghazi's Galaa hospital in the accident's immediate aftermath had been shown to belong to two people.

A hospital spokesman said Tuesday that five people had been killed and seven injured after the stray shell fell to earth in Benghazi's Ben Younes district.

According to eyewitnesses, the shell landed near a pharmacy located across the street from the hospital in Ben Younes.

Libya has been dogged by political instability since the 2011 ouster and death of long-ruling strongman Muammar Gaddafi.

In the more than three years since, rival militias have frequently locked horns, often bringing violence to the country's main cities, especially Benghazi and capital Tripoli.

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