Libyan Army Chief Resigns After Deadly Clashes In Benghazi

Army Chief Quits After Militia Kills Dozens In Benghazi -- The Guardian

At least 26 people killed in clashes after protest march calling on Libya's militias to disband reached Libya Shield base

One of Libya's highest military officers has resigned after clashes between protesters and a government-aligned militia he oversaw left 31 people dead in the eastern city of Benghazi.

The army's chief of staff Major-General Youssef al-Mangoush cited the unusually high death toll from the violence in his resignation. Al-Mangoush was due to be replaced soon, and the country's Congress voted in support of accepting his resignation on Sunday.

He was in charge of putting the country's Libya Shield brigades on the government payroll and directing them.

At least another 80 people were wounded when the militia opened fire on protesters gathered outside its base on Saturday.

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More News On The Ongoing Violence In Libya

Libya Army Chief Resigns After Clash in Benghazi -- ABC News/AP
Libya's Army Chief Resigns After Deadly Benghazi Clashes -- Voice of America

Libya Violence Kills 31 as Country Approaches Brink of Chaos -- The Guardian Express
Death Toll from Libyan Clashes Rises to 31, Doctor Says -- Voice of America
Mourning period begins for Benghazi protest victims; probe ordered -- UPI
Violence Against Libyan Protesters Threatens to Undercut Power of Militias -- New York Times
The battle for security in Libya -- Inside Story: Al Jazeera

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