Arab Today, arab today libya militias locked in deadly battle for airport
Last Updated : GMT 23:59:57
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

Libya militias locked in deadly battle for airport

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Libya militias locked in deadly battle for airport

Tripoli's international airport in the Libyan capital
Tripoli - AFP

Islamist-led militiamen stepped up their assault Sunday on Libya's main airport, two days after the collapse of a truce with rival ex-rebels who control the facility, a security official said.
The renewed fighting, which killed at least five civilians, was condemned by the European Union, which urged restraint and dialogue.
A coalition of militias led by Islamist fighters launched an assault on Tripoli international airport, with clashes later spreading to the road leading to the capital.
"The airport was attacked this morning with mortar rounds, rockets and tank fire," airport security official Al-Jilani al-Dahesh told AFP.
"It was the most intense bombardment so far," since a week-old battle for control of the airport erupted on July 13.
Dahesh said the militia which controls the airport, based in Zintan, southwest of the capital, and seen by Islamists as the armed wing of liberals within the government, responded with heavy fire.
Islamist militias have been joined by other armed groups, including the powerful Misrata Brigades which played a key role in the 2011 UN-backed revolt that toppled and killed strongman Moamer Kadhafi.
The fighting has forced a halt to all flights and caused extensive damage to planes and airport infrastructure, with aviation officials saying Tripoli airport could stay closed for months.
Pictures posted on social media showed a Libyan Airlines plane on fire as plumes of smoke billowed over the airport.
The carrier said on its Facebook page that one of its aircraft, a Bombardier CRJ900, was destroyed.
By midday on Sunday, fighting had spread to other sites on the airport road that are controlled by the Zintan militia, an AFP correspondent said.
Loud explosions were heard in the city centre, 25 kilometres (15.5 miles) away, as battles raged along the airport road with rockets striking nearby homes.
At least five civilians were killed in the Qasr Bin Ghashir neighbourhood, Mohamed Abderrahman from the local town council, told private Al-Nabaa television.
The rival sides are among several heavily-armed militias which have held sway in the oil-producing North African nation for the past three years.
- 'No military solution' -
Relentless violence across Libya this year -- including a war against Islamists in the east launched by a rogue general -- has sparked fears of all-out civil war.
The European Union mission in Libya issued a statement Sunday urging fighters to lay down their arms and spare civilian lives.
"The EU is concerned about the protracted conflict over Tripoli international airport and urges all parties to exercise restraint, to abide by international law and to respect civilians," it said.
"The EU calls on all parties to find a peaceful resolution through dialogue and compromise... there is no military solution to the crisis in Libya ... the only option is a political solution and a peaceful democratic process."
On Thursday, Foreign Minister Mohamed Abdelaziz pleaded for UN help to build up Libya's army and police force and to protect vital sites, including the airport and oil installations.
The fighting mirrors a deadly power struggle between liberals and Islamists in the National General Congress, Libya's parliament and top political authority.
A new parliament was elected last month after the GNC came under repeated accusations of trying to monopolise power.
Results of the vote had been due to be announced Sunday but the electoral commission announced a delay until Monday.

 

arabstoday
arabstoday

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today libya militias locked in deadly battle for airport Arab Today, arab today libya militias locked in deadly battle for airport

 



Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today libya militias locked in deadly battle for airport Arab Today, arab today libya militias locked in deadly battle for airport

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Youssra depended on colored foam

GMT 16:53 2017 Tuesday ,05 September

Youssra depended on colored foam
Arab Today, arab today Sheraton Grand Hotel reveals its deals

GMT 12:20 2017 Monday ,25 September

Sheraton Grand Hotel reveals its deals
Arab Today, arab today Etiquette expert underlines importance of gifts

GMT 17:52 2017 Sunday ,03 September

Etiquette expert underlines importance of gifts
Arab Today, arab today Iraq Kurds in historic independence vote

GMT 15:20 2017 Monday ,25 September

Iraq Kurds in historic independence vote
Arab Today, arab today North Korea 'more opaque'

GMT 10:50 2017 Sunday ,24 September

North Korea 'more opaque'
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Ministry seeks to improve education

GMT 14:49 2017 Sunday ,17 September

Ministry seeks to improve education
Arab Today, arab today 'Lady Beast' fights for girl gamers

GMT 10:27 2017 Sunday ,24 September

'Lady Beast' fights for girl gamers
Arab Today, arab today Conditions growing dire    

GMT 09:22 2017 Monday ,25 September

Conditions growing dire    
Arab Today, arab today The history of solar eclipses

GMT 05:16 2017 Sunday ,20 August

The history of solar eclipses
Arab Today, arab today Chevrolet's first 9-speed auto debuts

GMT 18:58 2017 Monday ,25 September

Chevrolet's first 9-speed auto debuts
Arab Today, arab today Third generation adds more power

GMT 13:40 2017 Sunday ,24 September

Third generation adds more power
Arab Today, arab today Lebleba is preoccupied in filming 'Back Street'

GMT 08:56 2017 Thursday ,21 September

Lebleba is preoccupied in filming 'Back Street'
Arab Today, arab today Psychologists help Mexico deal

GMT 05:05 2017 Sunday ,24 September

Psychologists help Mexico deal

GMT 08:59 2017 Wednesday ,20 September

Youssra prepares for launching her program

GMT 10:16 2017 Friday ,22 September

All eyes on May as she prepares

GMT 16:53 2017 Saturday ,02 September

Mai importance of gifts during Eid Al-Adha

GMT 20:10 2017 Saturday ,23 September

Big Western brands polluting oceans

GMT 10:46 2017 Saturday ,05 August

Nanis reveals simple ideas for home renovation

GMT 12:02 2017 Sunday ,24 September

Harry visits mental health hospital

GMT 11:11 2017 Sunday ,24 September

The dark side of new tourism hope

GMT 17:12 2017 Monday ,07 August

Al-Shawaifi reveals secrets of total solar eclipse

GMT 12:46 2017 Thursday ,21 September

Google likely to buy stake in Taiwan smartphone maker HTC

GMT 11:37 2017 Saturday ,12 August

Fashion designer reveals her new collection
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday