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Fierce fighting occurs in Libya's international airport

English.news.cn   2014-07-13 15:32:15            

TRIPOLI, July 13 (Xinhua) -- Armed clashes broke out at Libya's international airport in Tripoli early on Sunday, residents and local media reported.

According to a local resident living in the southern part of the capital, intense gunfire was constantly heard for a few hours after some big explosions.

Local media also reported that some rocket propelled grenades hit the runway, thus disrupting both domestic and international flights.

British Airlines said on its website that the flights from Tripoli to London were cancelled, while the Turkish Airways also halted its flights to Istanbul.

Sources said the fight was between the government troops and militia from Libya's southwestern city of Zintan. No casualty reports are available so far.

Tripoli's two airports, Tripoli International Airport and Mitiga Airport, are both under the control of the Zintan militia groups since the 2011 turmoil that toppled Libya's former leader Muammar Gaddafi.

One of Zintan militia leaders told Xinhua earlier on Sunday that they would hand over the international airport to the government. However, the heavy fighting indicates that the transferring is "not smooth."

Editor: Fu Peng
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