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Sunday 17 December 2017

Libyan army chief quits as 31 killed in clashes

LIBYA'S army chief-of-staff resigned as an elite military unit took control of a base of pro-government militias after clashes killed 31 people in the eastern city of Benghazi.

The developments underlined the security chaos in Libya more than a year-and-a-half after longtime dictator Moammar Gaddafi was deposed in a civil war.

The violence broke out on Saturday when protesters stormed a base belonging to Libya Shield, a grouping of militias aligned with the military that were tasked with helping to maintain security. The protesters were demanding that the militias submit to the full authority of Libya's security forces. The militiamen appeared outnumbered by hundreds of protesters outside the gates.

Irish Independent

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