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Thirteen people freed after being held captive by IS in Sirte

Libyan pro-government forces have been fighting IS in Sirte. Credit: Reuters

Thirteen people being held captive by so-called Islamic State have been freed by Libyan pro-government forces in Sirte.

Officials said 11 Eritrean women, a Turk and an Egyptian were freed after a battle to recapture the city's 600 block.

After a six-month campaign backed by US airstrikes, Libyan forces have taken back most of Sirte, with only one district remaining.

The city fell to IS more than a year ago after militants took advantage of infighting among Libya's rival factions to expand their territory.



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