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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Despite Haftar’s exaggerations, the Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council is clearly feeling the heat. It has lost many of its fighters and it was reported this week that hundreds of families of shura council members had fled the city and were seeking refuge in the west of Libya.

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Despite Operation Dignity’s claims to the contrary, it is still struggling to take over certain camps belonging to the Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council forces, such as the main base of the 17th February Brigade.

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This week has seen further bloody clashes erupt in Benghazi as the Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council has continued in its bid to try to take Benina airport from Haftar’s Operation Dignity forces.

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A string of suicide bombs in Benghazi struck a major blow to the forces of General Khalifa Haftar and his Operation Dignity campaign this week. The use of suicide attacks marks a shift in tactics by the Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council and suggests that other copycat operations could be on the way.

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