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Libyan air force base in eastern city says joins forces of renegade general

FILE - In this Friday, March 18, 2011 file photo, then Libyan senior Rebel commander Khalifa Hifter leaves a press conference in the court house in the center of Benghazi, eastern Libya. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus, File)

TRIPOLI: A Libyan air force base in the eastern city of Tobruk has decided to join forces of a renegade general which have been fighting militant Islamists, according to a statement published on Monday.

"The Torbuk air force base will join ... the army under the command of General Khalifa Qassim Haftar," said the statement posted on social media websites. Staff at the air base confirmed its authenticity.

Libya also extended the closure of the airport in the main eastern city of Benghazi until May 25 because of the unrest, the airport director said. It was attacked overnight with Grad rockets.

 

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