New clashes between army, militias in Benghazi

Fresh gun battles could be heard in three parts of Benghazi after midnight.

New clashes between army, militias in Benghazi

World Bulletin / News Desk

New clashes between the Libyan army and militias erupted in the eastern city of Benghazi early on Wednesday, wounding several people, security sources and residents said.

Fighting broke out on Monday between army special forces and members of the Ansar Sharia in Libya's second-largest city, killing at least nine people before the group retreated from their main base.

Fresh gun battles could be heard in three parts of the port city after midnight, residents said. The Ansar Sharia were also amassing forces outside Benghazi where the army was rushing reinforcements in a convoy, city security sources said.

The new violence had started when members of the Ansar threw a grenade at a patrol of special forces, a security source said.

Most countries have closed their consulates in Benghazi, home to several oil companies. Some foreign airlines also have stopped flying there.

Ansar al-Sharia was blamed for the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi a year ago when the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed.

The chaos in Libya is worrying its neighbours and the Western powers that backed the uprising which led to the fall of Gaddafi two years ago in one of the Arab Spring revolts.

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