By Maha Suliman.
Benghazi, 13 November 2014:
Residents have reported sporadic clashes in variousareas in Benghazi in the aftermath of a bomb attack . . .[restrict]which destroyed a number of shops yesterday.
Fighting has continued in the north east of central Benghazi in the city’s Sabri district, as pro-government forces attempt to take control of the commercial port. The Libyan National Army (LNA) has reiterated its requests to all residents to leave the area.
In Bel Awn, LNA forces have been trying to force a number of Ansar Al-Sharia snipers from the area. Ansar militiamen have reportedly also asked residents near the area’s Bu Aud Mosque to leave their homes.
One resident living in Bel Awn told the Libya Herald that he and his neighbours were deeply unnerved by the prospect of more intense fighting in the area and that while he had not personally been asked to leave, he was considering doing so.
LNA aircraft have been reportedly flying reconnaissance sorties across the city throughout the day.
Yesterday, a number of shops were destroyed in a bombing in Benghazi’s Hadaiq area. The bomb, which was placed in a black plastic bin bag appeared, to target a local cafe owner who had been accused of supporting the Torbruk government and Khalifa Hafter. No one was killed in the attack but it did result in serious damage to nearby property.
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