Fighting continues in Derna's old city neighborhood

Fighting continues in Derna's old city neighborhood

December 19, 2018 - 20:52
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

Violent clashes are still ongoing in Al-Sooq in Derna's downtown days after attacks by Derna Protection Force on Khalifa Haftar's forces, a source from Haftar's self-style army has reported.

The source indicated on Wednesday that since last Sunday, clashes have not stopped, referring to the surprise attack carried out by Derna Protection Force, which left injuries and deaths among Haftar's forces.

"There were not heavy arms in the fighting as the positions of the two sides of the battle were very close to each other. Derna Protection Force is now barricaded inside the old city neighborhood, which is their last spot." The source added.

However, sources from Derna Protection Force say they also control positions in Wasit Al-Blad and other pockets inside different neighborhoods.

Sources close to Haftar's self-styled army reported earlier that houses and different properties of Derna residents had been seized by militia fighters under the command of Khalifa Haftar.

Haftar claimed full control and "liberation" of Derna last June, yet clashes are still ongoing in different neighborhoods until today.