The Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council has taken responsibility for a series of suicide bombings in and around the restive city of Benghazi yesterday that targeted forces loyal to former Libyan general Khalifa Haftar. The attacks killed dozens of Libyan soldiers at the Benina International Airport and four more in a separate attack on a checkpoint in Qubah, east of Benghazi.

Al Arabiya reported that “two cars loaded with explosives targeted a military checkpoint near Benina International Airport in Benghazi.” According to Al Jazeera, the airport houses “heavy weaponry” which the militants are fighting to obtain. Al Jazeera also claims that up to “four separate suicide attacks targeted the Benina air base.” Following the suicide bombings, heavy clashes occurred near the airport, with government airstrikes allegedly being used in defense.

This attack came hours after the Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council rejected a government plan for peace talks to end the violence in Libya. Middle East Monitor reports that the Council released a statement saying, “The initiative held in Ghadames [a city in western Libya], which called for political dialogue, was not based on legitimate foundations. Rather, it is a weak attempt to convince the people to surrender their rights and to allow tyrants to return to power under the guise of national reconciliation.” […]