Sunday, 24 August 2014

Libya crisis: Tensions rise as Tripoli airport seized

A building on fire after clashes between rival militias in the Sarraj district of Tripoli (23 August 2014)
The airport and the area around it have seen fierce clashes in recent weeks

An armed militia alliance in Libya has captured Tripoli's international airport after a battle lasting nearly a month.

Islamist-affiliated forces from Misrata and other cities took over the airport from the Zintan militia, which has held it for three years.
Libya's new parliament, largely opposed to the Islamists, condemned the move.
Violence in Libya has surged recently between the rival groups who overthrew Muammar Gaddafi in the 2011 uprising.
The airport, Libya's largest, has been closed for over a month because of the fighting.
Hundreds have died since fighting broke out in Tripoli in July. Millions of dollars in damage has been caused to the airport.
'Sovereignty' at stake
Libya's new parliament, the House of Representatives, said the groups now in control of the airport were "terrorist organisations".

Damage to a bridge linking Tripoli and the western Libyan cities following clashes between rival militias west of Tripoli
Much of Tripoli's infrastructure has been damaged in the fighting

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