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75 dead in Benghazi after clashes

The Red Crescent found over 50 bodies at an army base which Special Forces abandoned on Tuesday.

FILE: The Red Crescent found over 50 bodies at an army base which Special Forces abandoned on Tuesday. Picture: AFP.

BENGHAZI - At least 75 bodies, mostly soldiers, have been found in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi after two days of fighting in which Islamist fighters and allied militiamen overran an army base, the Libyan Red Crescent and medical sources said.

The Red Crescent found more than 50 bodies inside the base, which Special Forces abandoned on Tuesday. "We are trying to get them out of the base," said Mohammed al-Misrati, from the Red Crescent.

Sources in the city's hospitals said they had received at least 25 other bodies.

Earlier, France temporarily closed its embassy in Libya and evacuated its nationals due to the worsening security situation.

France had on Sunday already called on all French nationals to leave Libya, which in the last two weeks has descended into its deadliest violence since the 2011 war that ousted Muammar Gaddafi.

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