Libya eastern commander Haftar declares Benghazi ‘liberated’

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Libya eastern commander Haftar declares Benghazi ‘liberated’

Benghazi saw fierce clashes between the LNA and Islamist militants this week

Articolo tratto da BBC News

The head of the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) has said his forces “liberated” the eastern Benghazi city after years of fighting with Islamists.

Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar said the city now enters a new era of “security, peace and reconciliation”.

If confirmed, victory would mark a major advance for the one-time commander in the army of late strongman Muammar Gaddafi.

The LNA is not recognised by Libya’s UN-backed government in Tripoli.

Libya’s unrest since the 2011 ousting of Gaddafi saw extremist organisations, including so-called Islamic State, gain a foothold in the country.

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Benghazi saw fierce clashes between the LNA and Islamist militants this week

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