This evening salvoes from army howitzers and Grad missile batteries pounded areas occupied by Ansar and Daesh fighters in Benghazi’s Leithi district.

This followed five raids by Mig-23s which missiled and bombed militant positions in Nubs Square and Hejaz Street.

One observer ascribed the intensity of the firing to the grief and anger felt throughout local units at the deadly sniping of Saiqa 21st Brigade commander Salem Al-Naaili, known as “Afarit ” – the “Demon”. […]