Heavy clashes near seaport of Libyan city Benghazi

Reuters News
Posted: Nov 03, 2014 8:54 AM

BENGHAZI Libya (Reuters) - Heavy fighting broke out near the seaport of Libya's eastern Benghazi city on Monday as the army, backed by forces loyal to a former general, attacked Islamist groups, residents said.

Dozens of residents were leaving the city, heeding a call by the army to evacuate the port area where military officials say Islamists are holed up after more than two weeks of fighting.

A Reuters reporter saw the army deploying tanks and artillery in Libya's second-largest city.

(Reporting by Ayman al-Warfalli and Feras Bosalum; Writing by Ulf Laessing; Editing by Catherine Evans)