A man looks at destroyed warehouses following Friday's clashes between Libyan irregular forces and Islamist militias in the eastern city of Benghazi May 17, 2014. REUTERS/Esam Omran Al-Fetori
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Gen. Khalifa Hifter say the authorities have no mandate.The death toll from fighting over the weekend in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi between troops loyal to a rogue general and Islamist militias has risen to 70, the Health Ministry said on Sunday. Libya's weak central government describes the offensive, which began Friday by Gen. Khalifa Hifter, and included air support, as tantamount to a coup.In a joint statement read by parliament speaker Nouri Abu Sahmein they accused Hifter of using the rise in violence in Benghazi to "pursue personal gains or turn against the state legitimacy". They also said Hifter is wanted by the country's military prosecutor.
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