Missiles kill eight in Benghazi park

Missiles hit park in residential Benghazi neighbourhood, killing eight

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Eight people, including a woman and three children, were killed and eight others were wounded on Friday after rocket fire struck a park in the al Hemeida neighbourhood of Benghazi.

Following Friday’s attack, the number of children killed in the city in May has reached 16.

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 renegade ex-general Khalifa Haftar launched “Operation Dignity,” an armed attempt 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 Benghazi, Libya’s second largest, in August but have failed to take control of large areas of the city from GNC-allied Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council forces (BRSC).

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

TRTWorld and agencies