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Libya: Tripoli’s only civilian airport suspended due to shelling

LIBYA (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The Libyan capital Mitiga International Airport suspended work after shelling on Thursday. This is stated in a statement by the administration of the only civilian air harbor operating in Tripoli, posted on its Facebook page.

“All flights with Mitiga International Airport are suspended due to ongoing shelling until further notice,” the text says.

Earlier, the headquarters of the Faiz Sarraj Government’s National Accord (PNC) forces, Operation Volcano of Wrath, announced that the harbor and its control tower were hit by Grad multiple launch rocket systems.

Supporters of the Tripoli Cabinet accused the Libyan National Army (LNA) of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar of committing this attack.

In mid-January, the army opposing the PNS formations announced the introduction of a no-fly zone over the capital, which also affects Mitiga Airport. Armed Forces spokesman General Ahmed al-Mismari then threatened to destroy all intruder aircraft, both military and civilian, “regardless of their affiliation or owners.”

The general, in particular, claimed that this air harbor and its air base had become the bridgehead of Turkish troops for attacks on the LAA, as well as a transshipment point through which militants, including terrorists from the Islamic State group (IS), were transferred from Syria to Libya. banned in the Russian Federation).

Later, despite threats from the army, Sarraj and the head of the Supreme State Council (acting in an advisory role), Khaled al-Mishri, issued a joint statement ordering them to restore air links to the airport in the capital.

At the same time, they warned that the “responsibility for any possible risks and incidents” after the resumption of flights will rest with the UN Security Council, the UN Support Mission in Libya, as well as those who impose a blockade.

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