At least 14 people were killed and 32 others wounded on Saturday as the Libyan military attacked the major city of Benghazi. Reports from the Tobruk-based government, to which the military is loyal, say the fighting centered on the Boatni neighborhood.
Benghazi is held primarily by a council of local Islamist clerics, but for months has been attacked intermittently by ISIS forces, as well as the Libyan military, both of which value the major city, which was the center of the anti-Gadhadi revolt.
The Libyan Army also claimed to have captured the town of Ajdabiya, south of Benghazi, and had made gains at the port of Marisa. Benghazi, however, still seems far from falling to their offensive. Marisa port is said to be a key route for arms smuggling.
Though the fighting over Ajdabiya has not been widely reported, military officials said the last of the town was taken Sunday, and local hospital officials said as many as 65 people had been killed there over the past two months in an ongoing offensive.
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