14 dead as Libyan forces advance in Sirte


Tripoli—At least 14 pro-government fighters were killed on Satuday in clashes with ISIL in the rebels’ former Libya bastion of Sirte, a medical source said. “Fighting today began at 9am (0700 GMT) and the toll to now is 13 dead and 25-30 wounded,” hospital official Abdellatif Abdel Ali said. One fighter, who was shot, later died after being operated upon. Ali said the majority of those killed were shot in the head by sniper fire.
Forces allied with Libya’s UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) have cornered ISIL fighters in Sirte, 450 kilometres (280 miles) east of Tripoli, since launching an offensive on May 12. After a pause in fighting on Thursday, pro-GNA fighters resumed the battle against IS holdouts in a seaside residential.—Agencies