Shelling in Libya's Benghazi kills 5: medic

Libyan demonstrators run for cover from shelling during a protest in Benghazi calling for military forces to re-capture the southern city of Sirte from the Islamic State group without foreign intervention on May 6, 2016 (AFP Photo/Abdullah Doma)

Benghazi (Libya) (AFP) - Five people were killed and 11 wounded on Friday when shells hit a political rally in the centre of Libya's second city Benghazi, a medical source said.

"There were five dead and 11 wounded by shelling on a group of people in the centre of Benghazi" in the east of the country, a doctor at the city's Al-Jalaa hospital said.

An AFP journalist at the scene in Al-Kish Square saw two dead and several wounded among people who had been at a rally in support of armed forces loyal to the internationally recognised parliament in Tobruk.

These forces are under the command of General Khalifa Haftar.

"The shells were fired from the Soug al-Hout sector" in the north of the city, a military source said of an area controlled by anti-Haftar armed groups.

For nearly two years, Benghazi has seen bloody battles between loyalist forces and armed groups including jihadists from the Islamic State group and Ansar al-Sharia, which is close to Al-Qaeda.

Forces loyal to Haftar have regained several districts in Benghazi but have yet to retake the whole city.