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38 killed as Libyan army forces loyal to renegade general battle Islamist militias in the east

CAIRO — Health officials in Libya say heavy clashes between army troops loyal to a renegade general and Islamist-led militias have killed 38 people — including civilians — in the country’s restive east.

A security official said Sunday that the fighting involved forces loyal to Gen. Khalifa Hifter and militias in the eastern city of Benghazi. The clashes started Saturday and continued through early Sunday morning.

The official said commando forces regained control of four military camps captured by Islamist militias in the past few days. Health officials say rockets fired during the fighting hit civilian homes, causing casualties and wounding dozens of people.

All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters.

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