BENGHAZI  - Islamist fighters and militants overran a major Libyan army base in the eastern city of Benghazi on Tuesday after a fierce battle involving rockets and warplanes in which at least 30 people were killed.



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Special forces troops had to abandon their main camp in southeast Benghazi after coming under sustained attack from a coalition of Islamist fighters and militias, military officials and residents said.



"We have withdrawn from the army base after heavy shelling," Saiqa Special Forces official Fadel Al-Hassi told Reuters.

A special forces spokesman confirmed Islamist fighters had taken over the base.

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