Ahmad al Mismari, spokesman for Libya chief of staff, said

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residents battle Islamist militants in Benghazi

BENGHAZI Libya (Reuters) Libyan army troops and armed residents clashed with Islamist fighters in the eastern port of Benghazi on Wednesday, canada goose killing at least 13 people, a day after a renegade former general who backs the army vowed to retake the city from the militants.

Libya second largest city is caught up in a chaotic struggle click over here for control cheap Canada Goose between an alliance of Islamist militia groups and the army, which is backed by forces loyal to former general Khalifa Haftar.

Gunfire could be heard in several districts from early morning, residents said. At least nine soldiers were killed and two wounded, and four civilians were found dead on a street, a toll likely to rise, hospital medics said.

Fighters from one Islamist group, Ansar al Sharia, attacked the camp of an army tank battalion, one of the last bases still controlled by government forces since militants drove army special force units out of Benghazi months ago.

Later war planes, belonging to forces allied to Haftar, could be heard bombing suspected Islamist positions, residents said. On Tuesday, Haftar had promised to Benghazi.

Prime Minister Abdullah al Thinni and Haftar spokesman Mohamed El Hejazi said the army Canada Goose Coats On Sale had seized the February 17 camp belonging to the al Shura forces, an umbrella group of Islamist militias.

Majlis al Canada Goose Outlet Shura forces canada goose clearance are fleeing from Canada Goose Parka the military confrontation, Thinni told United Arab Emirates based Sky News Canada Goose Online Arabia TV channel. Benghazi area is now safe.

It canada goose deals was impossible to verify the statement immediately canada goose coats but a Reuters reporter could hear gunfire in the area of the camp, suggesting that a battle was canada goose outlet store locations not yet over. Ahmad al Mismari, spokesman for Libya chief of staff, said there was still fighting because some Islamists had not surrendered despite the army controlling the Canada Goose Jackets camp.

Three years after the fall of strongman ruler Muammar Gaddafi, the plight of Benghazi illustrates the central government inability to control rival armed factions that once fought Gaddafi and now battle over post war spoils.

The United Nations has started negotiations to bring an end to the fighting buy canada goose jacket cheap among the various factions, but some hardliners have so canada goose black friday sale far refused the idea of any talks. ambassador was killed.

Benghazi activists called on Wednesday for street protests against the Islamist militias, including Ansar al canada goose coats on sale Sharia.

In some parts of Benghazi, armed young buy canada goose jacket people were fighting Islamist canadian goose jacket forces, who have set up checkpoints in the canada goose outlet toronto factory city and Canada Goose online operate at will in those areas. Locals stormed a restaurant and other businesses, accusing the owners of funding Ansar al Sharia.

West of Benghazi a war plane accidentally hit a storage full of chemicals canadagoosejacketca used to clean oil pipelines, said Saad al Fakhri, deputy head of the country oil workers union.

Haftar declared war on Islamists in May but has had little success with his military campaign as the canada goose clearance sale army has lost control of several camps and Canada Goose sale is facing an assault on Benghazi airport, the last bastion of government presence in the city.

The government grip on power across Libya has been sharply eroded by seizure of 2018 canada goose outlet the capital Tripoli by an armed group allied with the western city of Misrata, which has set up an alternative government canada goose replica and reinstated the former parliament, known as the General National Congress.

The internationally recognised government and the newly elected House of Representatives have moved to the city of Tobruk near the border with Egypt.

Thinni said there would be dialogue only with those who recognised the House of Representatives.

The Misrata forces and the Islamist militants have accused Haftar and Thinni of having ties to canada goose store Gaddafi era officials. Haftar had been close to Gaddafi until they fell out in the 1980s and he fled into exile in the United States. Thinni is a former career officer in the Libyan army.

Reporting by Ayman al Warfalli, Ahmed Elumami, Feras Bosalum and Ulf Laessing; Writing by Ulf Laessing; Editing by Patrick Markey, Janet Lawrence, Toni Reinhold.

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