Libya: army, 12-hour humanitarian truce in Benghazi

CNN, 800 ISIS fighters in Derna

19 November, 11:25

    Fighting between jihadist militias Ansar al Sharia and Libyan pro-government forces in Benghazi Fighting between jihadist militias Ansar al Sharia and Libyan pro-government forces in Benghazi

    (ANSAmed) - CAIRO - The Libyan army has decided to suspend military operations in Benghazi for 12 hours, starting at 7 am local time Wednesday, to enable the evacuation of civilians and the injured. The decision, said an army chief of staff statement, was adopted after consulting with the UN envoy for Libya, Bernardino Leon, the Red Crescent and the British envoy.

    Meanwhile a CNN report citing Libyan sources said 800 fighters from the Libyan arm of ISIS are currently deployed in Derna, in eastern Libya. An estimated 300 are Libyan jihadists who have fought with the al Battar brigade, first in Deir Ezzor in Syria, then in Mosul, Iraq. Jihadists loyal to Abu Bakr al Baghdadi reportedly control half a dozen camps outside the city and close to the Green Mountains where militants are trained, according to the sources.(ANSAmed).

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