A general view shows fire burning at a fuel depot near the airport road in Tripoli July 29, 2014. REUTERS/Hani Amara
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Rival militias fighting for control of Tripoli airport agreed Wednesday to a temporary cease-fire to allow firefighters to try to control a huge blaze at a fuel depot hit by a rocket.For two weeks, two brigades of former rebels, mainly allied to the towns of Zintan and Misrata, have pounded each other's positions in Tripoli with Grad rockets, artillery fire and cannons, turning the south of the capital into a battlefield.On Wednesday, the eastern city of Benghazi was also quieter after Islamist fighters and allied militia forces overran a special forces army base in the city in a major blow to a military campaign against Islamist militants there.Special forces troops and irregular forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar, a renegade former army general who had launched a campaign to clear Benghazi of Islamist militants, have withdrawn to an airbase outside Benghazi, his spokesman said.
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