The death toll in Libya anti-agreement peace rally bombing hits 12

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, October 26, 2015
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Tripoli – The death toll of the bombing of a rally in the second city of Benghazi Libya to protest against a draft peace agreement UN jumped to 12, according to medical sources.

At least 12 people died and 39 were injured after a volley of shells struck the gathering of hundreds of people, the LANA news agency close to the internationally recognized government of Libya reported Saturday.

Those present were demonstrating against the sharing of the draft agreement proposed by to the UN envoy to Libya, Bernardino Leon.

On their Facebook pages, the Benghazi Medical Center announced eight deaths, while the Al-Jalaa hospital in the city announced four were dead. Medics initially said five people were killed.

There was no immediate word on who was behind the bombing.

Libya descended into chaos after the ouster in October 2011 and the assassination of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi, with two governments vying for power and armed groups fight for control of its vast energy resources.

An alliance of militias, including the Islamists overran Tripoli in August 2014, the establishment of a rival government and a parliament that forced the internationally recognized administration to flee eastward away from the country.

On October 8, after nearly a year of arduous negotiations, Leon presented a list of names at the head of a government power-sharing, but both parties rejected the proposed appointments.

Friday’s bombing came two days after Leon insisted he would press efforts to reach a political agreement.

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) condemned the attack.

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