Libya`s beleaguered elected Parliament has declared a formal alliance with a renegade former general, as it struggles to assert some authority in a country many fear is sliding into outright civil war.
Nine more people were killed in violent clashes in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi between the renegade general Khalifa Hafter's forces and Islamic militants, taking the total toll to 75, medical sources said Monday.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon flew to Tripoli on Saturday to urge the warring factions fighting for control of Libya to make peace, in the highest-level visit since an armed faction took the capital in August.
Dozens of soldiers were killed and more than 70 wounded in car bomb attacks and clashes between troops and Islamists around Benghazi airport, a Libyan Army spokesman said on Thursday, as the UN threatened sanctions.
Prime Minister David Cameron urged lawmakers on Friday to vote in favour of Britain joining US-led air strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq, hours ahead of a crunch parliamentary vote he is expected to win.
Libya`s new Parliament appealed for national unity at its first formal session as rival armed factions battled for dominance of a country struggling to hold itself together three years after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi.
A renegade Libyan general launched a fresh offensive on Sunday against Islamist militants in the eastern city of Benghazi, sparking some of the worst fighting in weeks, with up to 12 people killed and power supplies disrupted.
Businessman Ahmed Maiteeq was sworn in as Libya`s new prime minister on Sunday after chaotic voting in parliament, but hours later the deputy speaker declared the election invalid as a power struggle erupted in the assembly.