34 Libya pro-govt fighters dead in clashes with IS

Forces loyal to Libya's UN-backed unity government stand next to an Islamic State group flag in Sirte's centre on June 10, 2016At least 34 Libyan pro-government forces were killed Tuesday and 100 wounded in clashes with Islamic State group jihadists as they prepared for a final assault on the jihadist stronghold of Sirte. It was one of bloodiest days since forces loyal to the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) launched an offensive in May to retake Sirte from IS. A statement by the GNA said Tuesday’s fighting took place in several parts of Sirte, where jihadists are pinned down in pockets of the coastal city.

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