October 20, 2014
The Libyan army launched an attack to stop rebel forces from capturing Benina International Airport in Benghazi, which has been under attack for months. Government ground troops, supported by air force, used mortar and heavy artillery fire, making a swift advance on positions held by Islamist rebels.
The government’s “Thunder 21” and “Artillery 204” battalions participated in the fighting that took place in the western Benghazi are of Al-Guarscia, which killed scores of government troops and rebels. Many civilians were either killed in the fighting or had to flee their homes.
The recent fighting is part of an offensive led by former General Khalifa Haftar to regain control over Benghazi, Libya’s second city.
1- A fighter fires a large-caliber sniper shot.
2- A fighter shoots a mortar shell.
3- Military vehicles with rocket launchers mounted on them move in a convoy.
4- Large rockets are fired from launchers mounted on a military vehicle.
5- Small rockets are fired from launchers mounted on a military vehicle.
6- A fighter on top of a military vehicle shoots rounds of heavy machine guns.
7- Empty ammunition boxes and bullet cases lie on the ground.
8- A destroyed building.