Middle East

Amnesty: Hundreds trapped in Libya's Benghazi amid fighting

  • FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2016 file photo, a civilian fighter holding the Libyan flag stands in front of damaged buildings in Benghazi, Libya. Amnesty International, an international rights group expressed alarm Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, over the fate of hundreds of Libyan and foreign nationals trapped for months amid fighting in the eastern city of Benghazi. Amnesty International said that nearly 130 families and hundreds of foreigners in the southwestern Benghazi neighborhood of Ganfouda have been cut off from the outside world, with dwindling food and fuel supplies. (AP Photo/Mohammed el-Shaiky, File)

    FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2016 file photo, a civilian fighter holding the Libyan flag stands in front of damaged buildings in Benghazi, Libya. Amnesty International, an international rights group expressed alarm Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, over the fate of hundreds of Libyan and foreign nationals trapped for months amid fighting in the eastern city of Benghazi. Amnesty International said that nearly 130 families and hundreds of foreigners in the southwestern Benghazi neighborhood of Ganfouda have been cut off from the outside world, with dwindling food and fuel supplies. (AP Photo/Mohammed el-Shaiky, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE -- In this March 10, 2016 file photo, damaged buildings and a burnt out car are seen in the Hawari area, south-west of the city of Benghazi, Libya. Amnesty International, an international rights group expressed alarm Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, over the fate of hundreds of Libyan and foreign nationals trapped for months amid fighting in the eastern city of Benghazi. Amnesty International said that nearly 130 families and hundreds of foreigners in the southwestern Benghazi neighborhood of Ganfouda have been cut off from the outside world, with dwindling food and fuel supplies. (AP Photo/Mohammed Elshaiky, File)

    FILE -- In this March 10, 2016 file photo, damaged buildings and a burnt out car are seen in the Hawari area, south-west of the city of Benghazi, Libya. Amnesty International, an international rights group expressed alarm Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, over the fate of hundreds of Libyan and foreign nationals trapped for months amid fighting in the eastern city of Benghazi. Amnesty International said that nearly 130 families and hundreds of foreigners in the southwestern Benghazi neighborhood of Ganfouda have been cut off from the outside world, with dwindling food and fuel supplies. (AP Photo/Mohammed Elshaiky, File)  (The Associated Press)

An international rights group has expressed alarm over the fate of hundreds of Libyan and foreign nationals trapped for months amid fighting in the eastern city of Benghazi.

Amnesty International said on Thursday that nearly 130 families and hundreds of foreigners in the southwestern Benghazi neighborhood of Ganfouda have been cut off from the outside world, with dwindling food and fuel supplies.

"Time is running out for civilians in Ganfouda, who are being left to die trapped by the fighting," said Magdalena Mughrabi of Amnesty.

The fighting has raged in Benghazi since 2014 when forces commanded by powerful military commander Khalifa Hifter began a campaign against militants there, including branches of al-Qaida and the Islamic State group.