WORLD Libya’s Mitiga airport suspends flights temporarily after attack


Libya’s Mitiga airport suspends flights temporarily after attack


07:17, August 26, 2019


Mitiga Airport said the missile hit the car park just as two civilian flights were landing. (Photo: AFP)

Flights were temporarily suspended on Saturday in Libya’s only functioning airport after a missile hit its car park.

There have been no reports of casualties or injuries, though Mitiga Airport in Tripoli halted operations for close to three hours after the attack.

Aviation authorities said the missile hit the facility just as two civilian flights were landing, a Buraq Air flight from Istanbul and a Libyan Airlines flight inbound from Medina, Saudi Arabia carrying over 200 passengers, including pilgrims returning from Mecca.

Mitiga Airport has been targeted before in the fighting that has pit UN-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) against forces loyal to eastern Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar.

The facility was forced to suspend operations on two occasions last month after being targeted by air strikes, and once earlier this month.

Libya has been beset by heightened violence since April, as forces loyal to General Khalifa, holding eastern Libya, attempt to take over Tripoli from GNA forces allied to UN-recognized Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarra.

The North African country has been dogged by violence since 2011, following the ouster and death of former president Muammar Gaddafi.

The war has killed thousands and displaced millions as militant groups and human trafficking cells seek to impose their command in various regions across the country.

The UN has led calls for dialogue between the warring factions in order to stop the war and put the country on a recovery path.

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