TRIPOLI - Fighting between Libyan government forces and armed groups in Bani Walid, a former stronghold of the ousted regime of Muammar Gaddafi, were Saturday killed nine people and wounded 122, according to medical sources.
The hospital received nine people killed and 122 wounded in the fighting, said a medical officer of the city of Misrata, Bani Walid neighbor on the Libyan coast, which are treated ex-rebels now enrolled in the government troops.
Most injuries were caused by small arms, suggesting that the fights were close, he said, adding that some were wounded by shrapnel.
Witnesses said the main hospital in Misrata was overwhelmed with the arrival of dozens of wounded. Earlier, Colonel Ali al-Chikhi, spokesman for the Chief of Staff, said troops were advancing towards the center of Bani Walid, a town accused of harboring followers of the old regime sought by justice.
The attack coincided with the first anniversary of the death of Muammar Gaddafi captured and killed October 20, 2011, in his hometown of Sirte.