BENGHAZI, Libya, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- The Libyan military said Monday the renewed fighting in Benghazi with the militant Ansar al-Sharia may bring about the end of the rebel movement.
The BBC reported nine people were killed during clashes between the Libyan military and Ansar al-Sharia in Benghazi. Last week, Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan put new pressure on Libyan militias because of post-civil war turmoil.
Protests against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi erupted in Benghazi in 2011, pushing the country into civil war. U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens died in a rebel attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi in Sept. 11, 2012.
"This is the end of Ansar al-Sharia," a military source told the British broadcaster.
"The Libyan people have had a long struggle, and lately they have done a lot to get rid of the militias," the Libyan prime minister said in a statement issued through an interpreter.
Kerry and Hague said pressure on Libyan militias, which grew out of the post-civil war vacuum, will help Libya build a democratic nation.
"The prime minister informed us of a transformation that he believes is beginning to take place and could take place because the people of Libya have spoken out and pushed back against the militias," he said in a statement.