Libya's second city Benghazi hit by new fighting, families flee

June 15, 2014 12:52 PM

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Libya's second city Benghazi hit by new fighting, families flee

BENGHAZI Libya (Reuters) - A renegade Libyan general launched an offensive on Sunday against Islamist militants in the eastern city of Benghazi, prompting dozens of families to flee the port in the latest bout of turmoil to hit the North African oil-producing nation.

Libyan authorities are struggling to restore order across the vast desert nation ahead of a June 25 parliamentary election. The situation remains especially chaotic in Benghazi, Libya's second largest city and cradle of the NATO-backed uprising that toppled Muammar Gaddafi three years ago.

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