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Libya, flights to the capital suspended due to airport attacks

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Commercial flights to Mitiga, the only civilian airport in the Libyan capital Tripoli, have been suspended as a result of missile attacks by the militia of General Khalifa Haftar, Anadolu Agency (AA) reports.

Local media reported that all flights to Mitiga airport, which was hit by a missile last night during attacks on the area by forces of the east-based Libyan general Khalifa Haftar, have been suspended.

Earlier, Mitiga Airport had been closed for three months, but reopened on December 12, 2019.

On April 4, Haftar forces launched a military campaign to capture Tripoli, with the internationally recognized National Reconciliation Government (GNA) launching a counter-operation. So far, General Haftar has failed to advance beyond the outskirts of the city.

On December 12, however, Haftar issued another order to attack Tripoli, calling the new campaign a “decisive war”, and as a measure against that order, mobilization was announced in ten western cities.

Since the overthrow of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, two power centers have emerged in Libya, one in eastern Libya largely supported by Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, to which the Puerto General Haftar is also associated, and one another in Tripoli, which enjoys international and UN recognition.

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