By Maha Sulaiman and Ayman Amzein.
Benghazi, 4 July 2015:
At least four soldiers were killed, as well as a civilian, in fighting . . .[restrict]and missile attacks in Benghazi’s Buhdeima district yesterday.
The fighting started when militants from the Benghazi Revolutionaries’ Shoura Council (BRSC) attacked the military police base in the district in what appears to have been a coordinated attempt to retake the entire district. As well as the four killed in the fighting, 19 were injured.
The fighting in also involved air strikes by the LNA and missiles launched by BRSC, the latter hitting a number of homes. At least one civilian was reported killed in as a result such missile hits.
A missile also hit a car in the district, critically injuring 10-year Mohamed Al-Shaibi. He was taken to Bengahzi Medical Centre.
According to Libya National Army (LNA) sources, a number of attackers were also killed but numbers are unknown: their bodies were removed by their colleagues when the BRSC pulled back from Budheima.
Meanwhile, three other soldiers were killed and four wounded in what appears to have been a booby-trap explosion, when they entered house in Buatni, reportedly full of mines. They have been named as Mohamed Ramadan, Badr Yacoub and Ali Faiz.
Buhdeima has had one small piece of brighter news, however. On 25 June, Nureddine Al-Iskandarani, from Hadaiq was killed in the Buhdeima. He had been invited to a friend’s home there for the Iftar meal. During it there was an explosion nearby. He went out to check his car but was then killed when missiles landed.
Yesterday, his widow gave birth to a baby girl. She has been named Noor after her father.