Fighting in Benghazi leaves at least 20 dead

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At least 20 people have been killed and 70 wounded in fresh fighting in Libya.

The eastern city of Benghazi has borne the brunt of the violence with Libyan army forces and those of a renegade general, Khalifa Haftar, battling Islamist militant group Ansar al-Shariain an attempt to purge the country of them.

Fighting has also broken out in the town of al-Marj, east of Benghazi.

The militants are a listed terrorist group and have warned the United States against interfering in Libyan affairs.

They are believed to have been behind the 2012 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi that killed four people including the ambassador.

Ansar al-Sharia have accused Washington of backing General Khalifa Hafter who started a campaign against Islamists in May.