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Nearly 80 killed in clashes between Haftar loyalists, militants in Libya

In Libya, the death toll continues to rise in an offensive launched by a retired army general against militants in the eastern city of Benghazi.

According to the latest official figures, nearly 80 people have been killed and more than 140 injured in violent clashes that began on Friday. Khalifa Haftar’s loyalists, known as the National Army, have used air and ground forces against the militants holed up in the region. The Libyan government and parliament have declared Haftar’s army outlaws and have denounced their operation as a coup attempt. The government forces have also declared a no-fly zone over Benghazi. But so far, Haftar has defied the decree, saying his group will continue operations to flush out what he calls terrorists from Benghazi.

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