Five killed as Libyan forces and Islamist fighters clash in Benghazi

December 22, 2014 16:21

BENGHAZI, Libya - At least five people were killed and 35 wounded in clashes between Libyan pro-government forces and Islamist fighters in Benghazi, medics and military officials said.

Army special forces and troops led by former general Khalifa Haftar have been fighting to oust Islamist groups in the eastern coastal city since October and have managed to retake the airport area and army camps that were seized in August.

Islamist groups have managed to retain some control over the port and the Lithi residential area.

The fighting is part of a wider struggle for control of the North African country which sits on Africa's largest oil reserves.

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