Libyan Planes Attack Ships Near Benghazi

Libyan Planes Attack Ships Near BenghaziLibyan Planes Attack Ships Near Benghazi

Libyan warplanes on Sunday sank one ship and attacked a second vessel near the eastern city of Benghazi, military spokesmen for the country’s UN-backed government said on Monday.

There was no eyewitness report or independent confirmation for the strike near the town of Mareesa that was also reported by the Al-Arabiya television network, Reuters reported.

Mohamed El Hejazi, a spokesman for Khalifa Haftar, top army commander of the official government based in eastern Libya, said the strike had also targeted a second vessel that had been carrying weapons in the same area.

Libya is in chaos, with two governments and parliaments with their own armed forces fighting for control four years after the ouster of autocrat Muammar Gaddafi.

In May, planes from Libya’s recognized government attacked an oil tanker docked outside the central city of Sirte, wounding three people and setting the ship on fire.

Both governments control limited territory in the oil producer. Islamic State militants have exploited a security vacuum to expand in Libya, beheading and kidnapping foreigners while also attacking foreign missions in Tripoli and fighting with forces of both governments.