A worker inspects the damage inside the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering Technology school compound after a Libyan air force plane dropped a bomb on it in Benghazi June 1, 2014. REUTERS/Esam Omran Al-Fetori
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At least 20 people were killed and almost 70 wounded when the Libyan army and forces of a renegade general fought Islamist militants in the eastern city of Benghazi on Monday, medical sources said.Combat helicopters belonging to forces loyal to former army general Khalifa Haftar -- who wants to purge the North African state of Islamist militants he says a weak government has failed to control -- supported the army in the worst fighting in months. The government, rival militia brigades and political factions rejected Haftar's offensive against militants as an attempted coup after his forces also stormed parliament a week ago.
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