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Libya: Haftar's militias bomb Tripoli's Mitiga Airport

Bombing 'new breach of ceasefire' by Haftar's militias, says official

Walid Abdullah   | 22.01.2020
Libya: Haftar's militias bomb Tripoli's Mitiga Airport

TRIPOLI 

Libyan government forces announced on Wednesday that the militias of warlord Khalifa Haftar bombed the Mitiga International Airport in the capital Tripoli, in a new breach of the cease-fire. 

Mohammed Kanunu, spokesman for the forces of the UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA), said in a statement that the militias bombed the airport with six Grad missiles.

Qanounu did not give further details on human or material losses. 


"The bombing is a flagrant threat to the air navigation movement, and a new and repeated breach of the ceasefire by Haftar's militias," he added.

According to an Anadolu Agency correspondent, the first flight has landed at the airport a few hours after the attack.

The arrival of the flight coming from Tunisia had got delayed due to the attack.

On Jan. 12, the conflict parties announced a cease-fire in response to a joint call by the Turkish and Russian leaders. But the talks for a permanent cease-fire deal ended without an agreement after Haftar left Moscow without signing the deal.   

On Sunday, Haftar accepted in Berlin to designate members to a UN-proposed military commission with five members from each side to monitor implementation of the cease-fire. 

But reports said on Tuesday that forces loyal to Haftar once again violated the fragile cease-fire with the UN-recognized government, firing mortar shells on southern areas of the capital.


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