Libya: 6 killed, 11 injured in clashes at Tripoli airport

Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Clashes between rival gangs on the outskirts of Tripoli airport have left six dead and 11 injured, TV channel, al-Nabaa, quoted sources at the Libyan Health ministry as saying on Sunday.

Fighting has reduced in intensity on the outskirts of the airport, a theatre of clashes located 30 km from the Libyan capital, as the other districts of the city are calm but tension is still high with the populations worried about armed clashes, sources told a PANA correspondent.

PANA reports that several businesses and banks have closed.

Tripoli inhabitants on Sunday woke up to sounds of explosions and gunfire and other heavy weapons at the Tripoli airport and the road leading to the airport, as well as the western zone of the Libyan capital.

Rockets and mortars dropped near the Tripoli airport, say witnesses who stress that fire broke out at customs warehouses with vehicles parked in area being damaged.

Several armed groups commanded by the member of the National General Congress (NGC, Parliament) for the city of Misrata Salah Badi, have carried out attacks against Tripoli airport, said the TV channel al-Aseema.

It added that forces in charge of security at the airport have driven back the attackers and defeated them without giving any details.

Flights have been suspended at Tripoli airport for three days, say airport sources who announced that the Libyan company Afriqiyah Airways has diverted its flights to the airport of Misrata, 220 km from Tripoli.
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13 july 2014 15:41:10

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