Published: Mon, January 15, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

9 killed in clashes near Tripoli airport

9 killed in clashes near Tripoli airport

It did not specify if the casualties were civilians or fighters.

Flights to and from the airport in Tripoli have been suspended and redirected to the airport in Misurata.

Mitiga was a military base until it was converted for civilian use after the city's worldwide airport was put out of action due to fighting.

The North African country has been wracked by chaos since the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed long-time dictator Moamer Kadhafi, with rival authorities and militias battling for control of its oil riches.

Rada said the airport had been attacked by a group headed by "Bashir "the Cow" and others it had been seeking following their escape from a detention facility controlled by Rada elsewhere in Tripoli.

Our correspondent said the Bugra group, which is opposed to the Special Deterrence Force and the UN-backed government, had accused them of "extrajudicial practices" at the airbase.

An armed group "has attacked Mitiga global airport... which is home to a prison where more than 2,500 people are detained for various" reasons, Al-Radaa said on Facebook.

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The M'eiga International Airport of Tripoli witnessed frequent clashes and armed attacks, most recently in October 2017.

Al Jazeera's Mahmoud Abdelwahed, reporting from Tripoli, said fighting had calmed by 2pm local time (11:00 GMT) but gunfire could still be heard in the centre of the city.

According to social media, all schools returned the students to their homes, the roads surrounding the fight in the beach road and Sooq Jumua as well as Bab Tajura areas were shut down.

"All the staff and passengers who were at the airport were evacuated", the pilot said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

"We saw tanks in the airport's perimeter", he added.

The GNA said the attack had "endangered the lives of passengers, affected aviation safety and terrorised residents".

Commenting on the clashes, Libya's Presidential Council (affiliated with the UN-backed unity government) said the attacks had been aimed at securing the release of incarcerated Daesh and Al-Qaeda terrorists.

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