Unidentified shell hits Benghazi

An unidentified mortar shell hit Salmani area in Benghazi, injuring five people on Tuesday.

Officials in Benghazi have not announced details on the origin of the shell.

Benghazi, Libya’s second largest city and the birthplace of the 2011 uprising that toppled former dictator Muammar Qaddafi, witnessed a three-year war between the Libyan National Army (LNA) and extremist groups.

In June 2017, the General Commander of the LNA, Khalifa Haftar, announced taking over the entire city of Benghazi and defeating the rival armed groups.

The city has since witnessed positive signs of a new phase awaiting Benghazi after years of being isolated due to the political conflict in Libya.

A number of government institutions have resumed work in the city during the past period, especially after the LNA announced it is “secured and free of terrorists.”

Benghazi also witnessed several official visits by delegations and international missions during the past period, including the Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Maria Ribeiro, accompanied by officials from the World Food Program, the World Health Organization and the International Organization for Migration.


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