Militias wreak havoc in Benghazi, exchange heavy fire in densely populated area

Militias wreak havoc in Benghazi, exchange heavy fire in densely populated area

October 05, 2017 - 15:20
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Written by: NewsDesk

Many residents shouted “Where is the army?”

A militiaman from Saiqa Force

At least four people were killed and two others seriously wounded after fierce clashes using light and medium weapons broke out in Al-Majuri neighborhood of Benghazi on Wednesday night.

The clashes are reported to have started as a result of a dispute between two local tribes; Al-Barasi family and Al-Msallaty family.

Local reports said a son of Al-Barasi family is a member of Al-Saiqa Force, while a son from Al-Msallaty family is a member of the infamous Sahawat fighters; both are rogue militias under Khalifa Haftar’s self-styled army (LNA).

Gunfire was heard in many parts of the city. Eyewitnesses confirmed that militiamen from Al-Saiqa joined the tribal fighting to support their colleague, while the Sahawat fighters from the neighboring districts were called in to defend their Al-Msallaty droog.

“Four houses for Al-Msallaty family were burned down by Saiqa Force,” the eyewitnesses said.

 The fighting caused panic among residents of Al-Majuri neighborhood, while many shouted “Where is the army?”

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