20 Operation Dignity fighters killed in Benghazi clashes

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At least 20 fighters from Khalifa Haftar’s Operation Dignity forces have been killed and 40 injured in two days of fighting in the eastern city of Benghazi, a hospital official said on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, a car bombing near a vegetable market at the eastern entrance to Benghazi left 14 wounded, Al-Jalaa hospital official said.

On Monday, Operation Dignity launched a fresh offensive in the Gawarcha and Ganfudah districts, carrying out air strikes and saying it had made some progress in ground fighting.

War planes could still be heard over Benghazi on Wednesday morning, and ambulances ferrying casualties raced through the streets. Roads were shut leading to western parts of the city where clashes were continuing.

At least seven from the rival Benghazi Shura Council fighters were killed in Gawarcha on Wednesday, Operation Dignity spokesman Fadel al-Hassi said.

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