The Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council is still dug in in Al-Laithi, Buatni and Qawarsha among other areas. Thus although Hafter clearly has the upper hand, this battle will continue to drag on, inflicting further damage on the city.

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There is growing evidence that militants in Benghazi are aligning themselves more definitively with ISIS. An audio file emerged on the Internet this week purporting to be a recording of the leader of Ansar Al-Sharia in Libya, who goes by the name Abu Abdullah Libbi, pledging allegiance to the group.

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This week saw the killing of another female activist. On 24 February Intisar Al-Hasairi, who worked on human rights and cultural issues, was shot dead while she was driving with her aunt in the Abu Slim area of Tripoli.

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Fighting continues unabated in Benghazi, particularly in the eastern districts of al-Sabri (near the maritime port) and al-Sulmani, where medium and heavy weapons were employed on both sides throughout the week. Operation Dignity also carried out attacks on naval vessels suspected of carrying supplies for Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council fighters.

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Fighting continues unabated in Benghazi. Although Operation Dignity forces continue to claim victories in the Laithi district, a long-time Ansar al-Shari’a stronghold, Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council (BRSC) forces appear to have strengthened their military capabilities in the past weeks and a BRSC defeat in its home turf seems unlikely.

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Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council fighters (BRSC) employed armoured tanks for the first time and the Shura Council of the Mujahideen of Derna and Surroundings (SCMDS) carried out attacks with grad rockets over Labraq airport.

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Operation Shuruq appears to not be satisfied with the current stalemate in Ben Jawad. On the contrary, the latest attack on Sidra’s terminal shows that Operation Shuruq is keen to continue fighting with all means available until it achieves full control of the oil terminals.

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