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Air strike at Tripoli airport as thousands flee clashes

April 9, 2019 1:09 pm
Air strike at Tripoli airport as thousands flee clashes [Source: BBC]

The UN has condemned an air strike that closed the only functioning airport in Libya’s capital, Tripoli, on Monday.

Flights at Mitiga International Airport were suspended and passengers were evacuated. No casualties were reported.

The UN blamed the air strike on forces loyal to General Khalifa Haftar, a commander from the east who is trying to seize the capital.

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A spokesman Haf-tar’s forces said civilian planes had not been targeted.

Haftar, who leads the Libyan National Army (LNA), declared an attacking to take control of Tripoli from Libya’s UN-backed government last week.

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