Three militiamen killed in Libya car bomb attack

A Libyan traffic policeman directs vehicles on a street of the capital Tripoli. (File Photo: AFP)
Updated 22 February 2018
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Three militiamen killed in Libya car bomb attack

BENGHAZI: Three militiamen from forces loyal to Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar were killed Wednesday in a car bomb attack in the central Waddan region, a militia spokesman said.
The blast — which was not immediately claimed by any group — wounded two others at a checkpoint on the road leading to Tripoli, some 500 kilometers (310 miles) to the north, said commander Ahmed Al-Mesmari.
Militants from Daesh remain active in central and southern Libya despite being forced out of their northern stronghold Sirte in 2016.
Libya has been gripped by chaos since a NATO-backed uprising toppled and killed longtime dictator Muammar Qaddafi in 2011, with rival administrations and multiple militias vying for control of the oil-rich country.
Haftar supports an administration based in the east of the country. A UN-backed unity government based in the capital Tripoli has struggled to assert its authority outside the west.


Gaza teen dies of border protest wounds

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Gaza teen dies of border protest wounds

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: A Palestinian shot by Israeli forces last month during protests on the Gaza border died of his wounds Monday, the health ministry in the Hamas-ruled territory said.
“Mohammed Ghassan Abu Daqqa died ... on Wednesday evening from his wounds, after he was shot by the Israeli occupation east of Khan Yunis on May 14,” it said in a statement, which did not give his age.
At least 33 Palestinians have been killed in clashes since mass protests broke out along the Gaza border on March 30.
No Israelis have been killed.
The protests peaked on May 14 when at least 62 Palestinians were killed as thousands approached the heavily guarded border fence on the same day the United States moved its Israel embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Israel says its use of live fire is necessary to defend its borders and stop infiltrations. It accuses Gaza’s rulers Hamas of seeking to use the protests as cover for attacks.