Saturday , December 7 2019

Tripoli airport closed as rockets shatter UN truce

Bloomberg

Tripoli’s international airport was closed and flights rerouted after a series of overnight rocket attacks rendered all but meaningless a ceasefire announced by the United Nations days earlier.
Inbound flights were being sent to the city of Misrata, Libyan television reported, noting that there were no reports of injuries from the attacks. The Maitiga International Airport’s Facebook page said that no planes were damaged in the violence.
The incidents came a little more than a day after militants attacked the headquarters of the National Oil Corp. in Tripoli. The assault, which was claimed by IS in a statement that also declared the nation’s oil fields a “legitimate target,” dealt a powerful blow to a sovereign institution that oversees the OPEC member’s oil wealth.
After being driven out of its last stronghold in central Libya, IS is making a comeback, aided by conflicts among two rival administrations and dozens of militias.
The capital, which is
notionally run by the internationally-recognised government of Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, has become the arena for the latest burst of fighting to convulse Libya since the 2011 ouster and killing of Muammar al-Qaddafi. Clashes there over the past few weeks have left more than 60 people dead and about 100 others wounded.
The United Nations’ mission in Libya had announced on September 9 that parties involved in the fighting had agreed to consolidate a negotiated ceasefire, as well as prepare to withdraw forces from sovereign locations and critical infrastructure.

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