Libya PM meets Benghazi security chiefs following clashes

At least nine people were killed and 49 others injured in clashes between the Libyan army and the Ansar al-Sharia militia in Benghazi.

Libya PM meets Benghazi security chiefs following clashes

World Bulletin / News Desk

Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan met with security chiefs in Benghazi on Monday, shortly after deadly clashes in the eastern city.

The meeting tackles means of providing support for the army and police forces for imposing security and order, a well-placed source told Anadolu Agency.

At least nine people were killed and 49 others injured in clashes between the Libyan army and the Ansar al-Sharia militia in Benghazi.

Libyan Special Forces spokesman Meloud al-Zewi said that clashes had erupted between the army and the Ansar al-Sharia militia late Sunday.

"The clashes started at a checkpoint run by Ansar al-Sharia in the Baraka area amid heavy exchanges fire," he told AA. "A Special Forces post came under heavy fire during the clashes, which prompted troops to return fire."

Ansar al-Sharia, however, tells a different story. A group spokesman denied that its members had been responsible for the recent outbreak of clashes with the Libyan army in Benghazi.

"We did not pull the trigger first," militia spokesman Muhanad al-Enezi told AA. "We were only responding to army gunfire that targeted us."

Benghazi to stage civil disobedience following clashes

Civil disobedience will be staged in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Tuesday in protest at deadly clashes between army forces and militiamen.

"The city will start civil disobedience and mourning for three days as of Tuesday," Mahmoud Borzeza, head of Benghazi local council, told Anadolu Agency.

He said that the disobedience will be applied to only government institutions, schools and universities.

"The clashes started at a checkpoint run by Ansar al-Sharia in the Baraka area amid heavy exchanges fire," Libyan Special Forces spokesman Meloud al-Zewi told AA.

"A Special Forces post came under heavy fire during the clashes, which prompted troops to return fire."

Earlier this month, clashes between protesters and militiamen left 46 people dead and 519 injured in Tripoli, pushing authorities to call for the withdrawal of all militias from the capital.

Libyans have struggled to restore order to their country since the death two years ago of longstanding strongman Muammar Gaddafi.

The transitional government and its security forces, meanwhile, have struggled to contain the armed militias that helped overthrow Gaddafi but which held onto their weapons after the 2011 uprising.

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