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Arms depot explodes near rebel-held Benghazi

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Video by Siobhán SILKE , Christophe DANSETTE

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-03-05

An explosion at an arms dump in the rebel-held city of Benghazi in eastern Libya killed at least 27 people, medical sources said Saturday.

AFP - The death toll from explosions at an arms dump in an area held by Libyan rebels reached 27 Saturday, after a doctor said his hospital had received eight bodies.

"We have eight killed by the explosion at the Rajma military base as well as more than 20 injured," Imad Talahma, a neurosurgeon at Benghazi's medical city.
             
Sources at the city's other two main hospitals had earlier given a combined toll of 19 dead from the twin blasts at the munitions depot just outside Benghazi, the main rebel-held city in eastern Libya, on Friday.
             
Enough arms to fight a real war, says France 24's Cyril Vanier of arms depots near Adjabiya
"We're not quite sure whether it was sabotage, an accident or an air strike, but nobody saw any planes," Mustafa Gheriani, a spokesman for the rebels' self-declared national council in Benghazi, said.
             
"We don't expect to find people intact (on the site). It has been estimated that around 40 people were in the compound. The explosion destroyed a large area and affected the residential area," he added.

 

Date created : 2011-03-05

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