By Libya Herald reporters.
Benghazi, 1 March 2015:
Fierce fighting in Benghazi today resulted in at least four deaths and some 30 injured . . .[restrict]according to a source in the city’s Jalaa Hospital. Two were killed, one of them a six-year old girl, and seven others injured in random mortar explosions in Sidi Hussain district. A third, a member of the Saiqa Special Force, was killed in Kuwaifiya from shrapnel injuries, again from random mortar fire. He has been named as Omar Munaim Bouweden.
Ansar Al-Sharia have been accused of firing the mortars that hit Sidi Hussein from the downtown Al-Sharif Street but their responsibility cannot be confirmed.
Since Friday there have been renewed and continuing heavy clashes in the nearby Sabri area as well as in Leithi as a result of which mortars have been landing in several places. Two fell near protestors in Kish Square on Friday while a third fell on a supermarket in Salmani district and a fourth near the Madina Riyadiya road bridge.
No serious injuries were reported as a result of those explosion. However, according to medical sources a total 49 people have been killed in various incidents in Benghazi during February, and 229 wounded. The figure represents civilians as well as LNA/Operation Dignity casualties. Those for Ansar Al-Sharia and its allies are not available.
As a result of the continuing bitter clashes, there were rumours that the Airport Road near Leithi had been seized this morning by Ansar and IS forces. This, however, has been denied by Wanis Bukhamada, the head of Saiqa Special Forces. He is reported saying that the road remains firmly in his control.
Those killed and injured in today’s mortar attacks in Sidi Hussein have been named as:
- Abdelsalam El Awjali (aged 34)
- Noor el Falah (6)
- Omar Saad (16)
- Moataz El Manaa (20)
- Younes Idris (24)
- Faraj El Atram (12)
- Ahmad Elzeyani (34)
- Abdallah el-Jelali (20)
- Hamed Mahmud (41), an Egyptian