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Downtown Benghazi
Downtown Benghazi
Country  Libya
Region Cyrenaica
District Benghazi
Settled as Euesperides (circa 525 BC)
Renamed  • Berenice (circa middle of 3rd century BC)
 • Hesperides
 • Barneeq (circa middle of 7th century AD)
 • Marsa ibn Ghazi (circa 16th century)
 • Bani Ghazi
 • Benghazi
 •  314 km2 (121 sq mi)
2 m (7 ft)
 • Total over 650,000
Time zone UTC+2
Area code(s) 061

Benghazi is a city and district in Libya. It is the second largest city in the country with 670,797 people (2006). It is also the capital of the Cyrenaica region. It was the former provisional capital of the National Transitional Council. It is on the Mediterranean Sea.

The oldest university in Libya is the University of Libya in the city. Libyan International Medical University is the first accredited private medical university.

Two of Libya's most-successful football clubs are in the city. They are Al-Ahly Benghazi and Al-Nasr. The two teams have won the Libyan Premier League five times.

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