Renegade General Heftar’s Forces Bomb Tripoli’s Only Functional Airport

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Forces loyal to Libyan renegade general Khalifa Heftar yesterday launched ait raids on Tripoli’s Mitiga airport.

All services at the airport in the east of the city were temporarily suspended after the attack on Monday.

In a statement, Ghassan Salame, the United Nations’ envoy to Libya, condemned the LNA’s air raid which targeted the only airport in Tripoli that is available for civilian use.

Haftar last week ordered his self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA), which is allied to a parallel administration in the east, to march on Tripoli, the seat of the internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) which is protected by an array of militias.

The showdown threatens to further destabilise war-wracked Libya, which splintered into a patchwork of rival power bases following the overthrow of former leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

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