13 Benghazi children die in rocket attacks this week

Week’s death toll for children in Benghazi reaches 13 following latest attack

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Three children, all sisters, died as their mother was critically injured after a rocket struck a home in Benghazi, a hospital in the city reported.

The attack came after at least 8 people were killed, seven of whom were children, after a missile hit a residential building in the city on Wednesday.

No group took immediate responsibility for the attack, however Benghazi has been the scene of the fiercest fighting in Libya.

The fighting in Benghazi began in August when forces loyal to Libya’s rival House of Representatives (HoR) under the renegade ex-general Khalifa Haftar launched “Operation Dignity” in armed attempted to capture the cities of Benghazi, Misrata and Tripoli from the country’s central General National Council (GNC) government.

Haftar’s forces began besieging the city, Libya’s second largest, in August but have failed to assume control of large areas from the GNC allied Benghazi Revolutionaries Shoura Council forces (BRSC).

The clashes in Benghazi have lead to severe humanitarian concerns as food, power and water shortages are caused by the refusal of Haftar’s forces to comply with existing UN brokered ceasefire agreements, preventing humanitarian deliveries to the city.

TRTWorld and agencies