Tripoli’s Mitiga Airport shut down over clashes

Mitiga Airport (Photo: Internet)

Clashes in Libya’s capital of Tripoli have caused a 48-hour closure of Mitiga International airport, the city’s only operational airport.

A spokesman for the state airline Libyan Airlines said authorities closed the airport on Friday after some rockets were fired in its direction. Flights were diverted to Misrata airport, which lies 190 kilometers (120 miles) east of Tripoli.

Rival militias have been fighting for days in suburbs south of Tripoli. The clashes erupted on Monday and have left at least 39 dead, including civilians, and wounded 119 others, Libya’s Health Ministry said on Thursday.

Though a ceasefire deal was agreed to on Thursday, the conflict reignited on Thursday and continued into Friday.

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