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.
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"We have withdrawn from the army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
A special forces spokesman confirmed Islamist
fighters had taken over the base.