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Military aircraft struck the only existing airport in the Libyan capital Tripoli. About it reports Reuters with reference to locals.
As noted, came under attack Mitiga international airport, located eight kilometers East of the city centre. After the shelling, the authorities closed air Harbor. The Agency reports that passengers leave the terminal. How long is the airport ceased its operation, is not specified.
According to Sky News Arabia on his Twitter page, the RAID carried the forces of the Libyan national army (LNA) led by field Marshal Khalifa the Haftarot. The purpose of the attack was the runway adjacent to the airport.
According to TASS, earlier in the LDF stated that they intend to strike at all airports where departures are made, the forces loyal to the government of national consensus (NTC) Faiza Saraga.
Mitiga airport was originally a military airfield. The second airport, host of the civil court, he became in 1995. currently it is used for communication with the outside world, since Tripoli international airport was seriously damaged in 2014.
Earlier, on 8 April, it was reported that the strength of the Haftarot retreated from Tripoli international airport and occupied by fighters loyal to the NTC. At the same time, in the LDF, these data are refuted.
Army of Haftarot seized Tripoli airport on 5 April — the next day after the field Marshal gave his troops the order to attack on the Libyan capital. 7 April it became known that the parties to the conflict in Libya began the air military operations.
In 2011, the Libyan civil war broke out. Was overthrown and killed Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, who ruled the country since 1969. On the side of his opponents fought the forces of the international coalition, which includes France, USA, UK and other countries. In 2014, Haftar joined former Gaddafi soldiers, and in 2017 seized the main Eastern city of Benghazi, after which he established control over the rich oil fields in the South of the country. Currently, Libya is in a situation of dual power: on the East in the city of Tobruk, seat of the Parliament in the West in Tripoli — the national consensus government.
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