UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Troops loyal to Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar said on Thursday they had targeted Zuwara International Airport, 120 kilometers west of the capital Tripoli, which is used to take off Turkish warplanes, a spokesman said.
“After collecting information about the movement of Turkish drones, we confirmed that they were using Hengrin (two vehicles) inside Zuwara airport,” said Major General Ahmed al-Mesmari, spokesman for Haftar’s forces on his official Facebook page.
He added, “Air Force planes this morning hit the hangars and leveled to the ground, and was avoided the airstrip and passenger terminal at the airport.”
Al-Mesmari considered the targeting “a warning message to any place where there is any threat to the capabilities of our people or the units of our armed forces.”
However, the forces of Operation “Volcano of Wrath” of the Government of Al-Wefaq, through its official Facebook page, published pictures showing the remains of fragments and a huge crater at the runway of Zuwara airport, which confirmed that it was the result of the bombing of Hifter’s forces.
The Wefaq government and Haftar forces have been attacking each other’s airports.
Haftar’s forces destroyed a key operational and control room for Turkish drones at Tripoli’s airbase. The Wefaq government forces responded by destroying Haftar’s drones in the central Jafra region of Libya last month.
Rockets landed inside Tripoli’s Mitiga International Airport late on Thursday, killing one security guard and wounding others, according to Mustafa al-Mujai, spokesman for the Wefaq government forces.
The shelling and the start of mutual attacks came a day after the end of the “humanitarian truce” proposed by the United Nations Support Mission to stop the fighting during the Eid al-Adha.
Since April 4, Hifter’s forces have been engaged in an offensive to control Tripoli, where the UN-recognized Accord government is based.
The fighting since the outbreak of the fall of nearly a thousand dead and wounded more than 5,000 wounded, while the number of displaced more than 100,000 people, according to UN agencies.
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