The main military base in Benghazi, in eastern Libya, fell into the hands of militant groups on Tuesday, after several days of fighting, as confirmed by military sources. A group of militants, including Ansar al Sharia, claimed the attack in a statement. ” The main basis of the special forces has fallen on Tuesday,” has secured a Special Forces officer.
On Monday, at least 38 people were killed in clashes between troops loyal to the Libyan government and the jihadi militias in Benghazi. Fighting in the city and its surroundings have already caused 60 dead in a week. The Libyan government has described the situation there as ” dramatic”.
Libya these days is reaching the highest levels of uncontrolled violence after the fall of dictator Muammar Gaddafi in autumn 2011. On Monday, a rebel militia attacked a missile with an oil deposit of 6.6 million liters by the airport in the capital; what has added to political chaos and disputes between multiple armed groups.
The interim Libyan authorities, since the general elections of June 25, have asked for help from the international community to appease militias and trying to start another political period from 4 August in the new Parliament.
The situation in the country has led many states to evacuate its diplomatic staff. France is about to evacuate its citizens by sea, after the United States, Tunisia, Holland, Belgium, several Arab countries, the Philippines and Egypt out of the country decided to staff their embassies. UK has advised them to leave. Currently, Spain and the European Union maintain its offices in Tripoli.