Skip to comments.Families evacuate Benghazi as renegade general vows more attacks
Posted on 05/17/2014 9:45:59 PM PDT by blueplum
(Reuters) - The self-declared Libyan National Army led by a renegade general told civilians on Saturday to leave parts of Benghazi before it launched a fresh attack on Islamist militants, a day after dozens were killed in the worst clashes in the city for months.
Families could be seen packing up and driving away from western districts of the port city where Islamist militants and LNA forces led by retired General Khalifa Haftar fought for hours on Friday.
Dressed in military uniform, Hafter - whom the speaker of parliament accused of plotting a coup - said his troops had temporarily withdrawn from Benghazi for tactical reasons.
"We'll come back with force," he told reporters at a sports club in Abyar, a small town to the east of Benghazi.
"We've started this battle and will continue it until we have reached our goals," he said.
He said government and parliament had no legitimacy as they had failed to achieve security. "The street and the Libyan people are with us," he said, adding that his troops were spread out in several parts of eastern Libya.
In Tripoli, parliamentary speaker and military commander-in-chief Nuri Abu Sahmain said Hafter was trying to stage a coup.
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Nah. Movie night.
The Libyan revolt began with protests by Islamists over a massacre at a prison where the inmates had slaughtered the guards and were in turn killed. This guy used to work for Gaddafi. It’s time he finished the job and began the liquidation of the Islamists who have brought such turmoil to the country.
If anyone in Libya starts gaining ground on the Islamists 0bomba will be back in there with NATO bombing the living crap out of the country again.
Trying to muddy the waters and run cover for hilldabeast, see what difference does it make
Angry Islamist General Khalifa Haftar should turn his attention to that youtube video guy. He caused all this. Hillary, Barry, Susan, Joe told us so.
I guess they’re still upset about that video ...