Libya's only civilian airport closed after Haftar missile strike

Libya's only civilian airport closed after Haftar missile strike
Tripoli's only civilian airport was struck by a missile once again late on Monday amid ongoing fighting between government forces and Khalifa Haftar's LNA.
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10 September, 2019
Mitiga airport has been targeted 11 times since April 4 [Getty]
The landing field at Mitiga International Airport was engulfed in smoke late on Monday when a missile struck the facility.

Libyan capital's sole civilian aviation facility has been targeted by forces loyal to rogue general Khalifa Haftar and his self-styled Libyan National Army.

All flights to and from Mitiga airport were suspended by Libya's UN-recognised government on 2 September "due to the security situation in the airport." The GNA's Interior Ministry also recently urged the UN to take measures to protect Libya's civilian institutions.

Mitiga Airport has reportedly been targeted 11 times since 4 April.

Libya has been unstable since a 2011 uprising which overthrew longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi. In 2014, a civil war broke out after Haftar's LNA launched an operation against rival militias in Benghazi.

In April this year, the LNA launched an offensive to conquer Tripoli, but five months on, his forces remain locked in a stalemate on the capital's outskirts.

The fighting has killed at least 1,093 people and wounded 5,752, while some 120,000 others have been displaced, according to the World Health Organisation.

Haftar's forces are fighting militias backing the GNA, which is led by Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj.

The Tripoli government is backed by Turkey and Qatar, while Haftar enjoys support from Egypt, the UAE, and RussiaFrance has also reportedly aided Haftar’s forces.

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