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Libya: Mitiga airport closed due to Haftar attack

Christian Fernsby |
Flights to Libya’s only civil airport were halted amid attacks by militias loyal to renegade Libyan general Khalifa Haftar yesterday.

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In a statement, management of the Mitiga Airport in the Libyan capital Tripoli said the airport was targeted during a Libyan Airlines’ plane’s take off.

According to Libya's UN recognized Government of National Accord (GNA), Haftar militants were responsible for the attack.

The Mitiga Airport has been targeted various times by the Haftar militants.

A military source said the attack aimed at sabotaging celebrations to mark the 9th anniversary of Libyans’ Feb. 17 Revolution, which ousted former ruler Muammar Gaddafi.

On Monday, thousands of people attended the celebrations at the Martyrs' Square in Tripoli.

Meanwhile, Fayez al-Sarraj, the head of the GNA, released a video message on the anniversary of ousting Gaddafi.

Al-Sarraj said that they are the advocates of peace trying to ensure “stability” in Libya as well as making every effort to achieve a compromise.

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