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Tripoli airport suspends operation amid Haftar's air strike
Tripoli's only operating airport Mitiga International has suspended all flights following the Libyan National Army (LNA) air force bombardment under the command of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, the Al-Wasat Internet news agency reported on Monday citing a source in the airport.
According to the news agency's reports, the airport suspended all departures and arrivals and evacuated passengers. There were no casualties reported after the attack, no jets were damaged.
Earlier, the Alhadath TV channel reported a raid by LNA aircraft on Mitiga military airport that has been operating as an international airport since 2014. The raid's target was the landing strip adjacent to the airport.
Currently, Libya has two supreme executive authorities, namely Tripoli's government of National Accord recognized by the international community and headed by Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj and the interim government headed by Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thani, which operates in the country's east along with the elected parliament and is supported by the Libyan National Army.
On April 4, Haftar announced the launch of an offensive against Tripoli. On Friday, there were reports that his squads are actively approaching the capital from the south. Sarraj ordered all military units loyal to him to be on full alert and use force if needed.
[Source: Itar Tass, Moscow, 08Apr19]
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