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Mitiga airport closure to continue due to militia fighting

Libya’s Airports Authority (LAA) announced yesterday that the closure of Mitiga airport, Tripoli’s only functioning airport, is to continue.

The LAA said that this was due to “the continued clashes in the capital Tripoli and the falling of a shell inside the airport on Thursday”, which it said mercifully caused no damage.

It will be noted that there was talk of reopening Mitiga in the next few days in the hope of the UNSMIL-brokered Zawia ceasefire between Tripoli’s warring militias holding.

However, the ceasefire has been seriously breached over the last three days with indiscriminate shells falling across Tripoli.

Mitiga flights will continue to operate from Misrata airport, a two and a half hour drive for Tripoli residents.

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