UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Missile shells landed in Tripoli’s Mitiga International Airport late on Thursday, killing one security guard and wounding others, said Mustafa al-Mujai, spokesman for the Wefaq government forces.
The shelling and the commencement of mutual attacks come a day after the end of the “humanitarian truce” proposed by the United Nations Support Mission to Stop Battles during Eid al-Adha and approved by both parties to the conflict, forces loyal to the internationally recognized reconciliation government and Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter, the powerful man in eastern Libya.
“Mitiga international airport was hit late on by Grad missiles fired by Hifter militias from the locations where they are located south of Tripoli,” he told AFP on Thursday.
“The shelling caused the death of a guard and wounded a number of security personnel assigned to protect the airport,” a government spokesman said, referring to diverting flights to Misrata International Airport, 200 kilometers east of Tripoli.
Hifter’s forces had no comment on the attack.
The airport has been repeatedly closed, especially due to occasional aerial bombardment by Hifter’s forces, which accuses the Wefaq government of using it for “military purposes” as well as other charges of taking Turkish drones off its runway.
Mitiga International Airport is located inside an air base and is used as an alternative to Tripoli International Airport, which has been inactive since 2014.
Civil flights in the country are limited to Libyan airlines that operate regular domestic and foreign flights with countries such as Tunisia, Jordan and Turkey.
In a related context, a spokesman for the government forces of reconciliation, one of the field hospitals in the city of Azizia 30 km south of Tripoli, to air strikes did not cause casualties.
The spokesman noted, “aerial bombardment caused severe damage to the field hospital, without recording casualties.”
Attacks on field hospitals belonging to the Wefaq government forces are frequent, and Hifter’s forces have been blamed for targeting them.
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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