Libya frees 11 Eritreans, a Turk and an Egyptian from militants in Sirte

By REUTERS
October 22, 2016 15:21

TRIPOLI - Libyan pro-government forces fighting Islamic State in Sirte have freed 11 Eritrean female captives, a Turk and an Egyptian after a battle to recapture the city's 600 block, a spokesman for the forces said on Saturday.

After a six-month campaign backed by US air strikes, Libyan forces have taken back most of Sirte, with only one district remaining. The city fell to Islamic State more than a year ago after militants took advantage of infighting among Libya's rival factions to expand their territory.


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