Smoke rises following an airstrike in Libya's eastern coastal city of Benghazi September 1, 2014. (AFP Photo/Abdullah Doma)
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Fierce clashes in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi between Islamist militiamen and rival forces loyal to a renegade general have killed 31 fighters on both sides, a security official said Tuesday.The fighting erupted late Monday, with forces and fighter jets belonging to Gen. Khalifa Hifter pounding positions of Islamist militias called The Benghazi Revolutionary Shura Council, said the official. Hifter's side lost 20 fighters while the militiamen had 11 killed, and 36 fighters in all were wounded, the official said.The militias in control of the capital, operating under an umbrella group called the Dawn of Libya, have also taken control of the U.S. embassy compound, a week after they drove out rival militias.
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