By Libya Herald reporter.
Tripoli, 1 May 2016:
Twenty five of Saiqa Special Forces soldiers died in fighting in Benghazi in April according . . .[restrict]to the brigade’s spokesman, Miloud Al-Zwai. A further 93 were wounded.
Saiqa has been one of the main fighting elements in the offensive codenamed “Blood of the Martyrs” launched against Islamist militants by Khalifa Hafter in February. It has managed to drive them from most of their strongholds, notably Leithi, Buatni, Garyounis and Hawari although remnants are still holed up in Gwarsha, where clashes continued today, and in the central districts of Sabri and Suq Al-Hout.
In a separate report, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said that it had document 47 civilian casualties in Libya last month, including 33 deaths and 14 injuries. Victims included two children injured, 18 men killed and five injured, four women injured, and 15 adults killed and three injured where the sex was not identified. Of the 33 deaths, UNSMIL said 13 were the Egyptian migrants murdered while in custody in Bani Walid, 12 were in Derna, and four each in Benghazi and Sabha. [/restrict]