By the Blouin News World staff

Libyan forces lack ammo in Benghazi battle

by in Africa.

Fighters from the Fajr Libya (Libya Dawn), an alliance of Islamist-backed militias oil their weapom as they hold a position during clashes with forces loyal to Libya's internationally recognised government on April 29, 2015 in Gharyan, some 80 kilometres south of the capital Tripoli. AFP Photo

Fighters from the Fajr Libya (Libya Dawn), an alliance of Islamist-backed militias oil their weapom as they hold a position during clashes with forces loyal to Libya’s internationally recognised government on April 29, 2015 in Gharyan, some 80 kilometres south of the capital Tripoli. AFP Photo

Libyan forces allied to the official government are facing ammunition shortages in a battle against Islamists in the eastern city of Benghazi city, writes Reuters.

Army forces loyal to Libya’s internationally recognized government have been fighting Islamist groups in Libya’s second-largest city as part of a wider struggle since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

They have regained some territory lost last year. But progress has stalled as fighters of the Islamist Majlis al-Shura groud are still holed out in several districts and the port area despite claims by army commander Khalifa Haftar that his forces control almost the entire city.

“We are facing ammunition shortages in all parts of Benghazi,” said Mohamed el-Hejazi, Haftar’s spokesman.

He appealed for international help, saying: “We are fighting terrorism on behalf of the world.”

Libya’s official Premier Abdullah al-Thinni, working out of the east since losing the capital Tripoli to a rival faction in August, said on Sunday the U.N. should lift an arms embargo so his forces could buy weapons.

Libya has been under an arms embargo since the NATO-backed uprising against Gaddafi in 2011. Western powers have opposed lifting the ban as questions remain where the arms would end up in a chaotic situation.

Libya has two governments allied to former rebel groups, while Gaddafi’s regular army was largely destroyed in 2011.