Airport in Libya’s capital is shut down after shelling

The interior of Mitiga airport is seen empty following clashes, in Tripoli, Libya, on January 15, 2018. (File photo: Reuters)

In the latest development in Libya, sources revealed to Al Arabiya news channel that the capital’s airport was shut down after some rockets were fired in its direction.

Flights will be diverted to Misrata airport, a spokesman for the state airline Libyan Airlines said, without elaborating. Misrata lies about 190 km east of Tripoli.

On Thursday, the health ministry said that at least 27 people have been killed and nearly 100 wounded in several days of fighting between rival militias near the Libyan capital.

The clashes broke out on Monday in suburbs south of Tripoli and continued into Wednesday evening after a truce collapsed, despite an appeal by the United Nations for calm. Read more

The spokesman said Matiga airport would be closed for 48 hours, citing a directive of the civil aviation authority.

- With Reuters.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:57 - GMT 06:57