In Libya Shelling kills 4 at Benghazi rally

The conflict led to a chaotic security vacuum, in which Islamist militants have gained ground.

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(Jordan Times)
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At least four people were killed and more than 20 wounded in the Libyan city of Benghazi on Friday when shells were fired at a rally in support of forces allied with the country's eastern government, a medical source said.

Women and children were among the wounded when the shells hit Al-Keesh square. Demonstrators had gathered in support of the Libyan National Army, whose leader General Khalifa Haftar is spearheading a campaign against Islamist militants.

A U.N.-backed unity government in Tripoli is trying to end a conflict between rival factions, one of which took over the capital in 2014 and forced the other to rebase in the east of the country.

The conflict led to a chaotic security vacuum, in which Islamist militants have gained ground.

It was not clear who had fired the shells at the rally. Benghazi has been one frontline in Libya's multi-sided war, with Haftar managing this year to drive Islamist militants and other rival armed factions out of the city. But fighting continues on the city outskirts.

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