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Islamists mount 'heaviest' assault on Libya airport

Published on Jul 20, 2014 3:04 PM
 
A picture taken on July 17, 2014, shows people inspecting the passenger terminal at the Tripoli international airport in the Libyan capital. Islamist militia launched their heaviest assault so far on Libya's main airport on Sunday, July 20, two days after a truce with the rival ex-rebels that control it collapsed, a security official said. -- PHOTO: AFP 

TRIPOLI (AFP) - Islamist militia launched their heaviest assault so far on Libya's main airport on Sunday, two days after a truce with the rival ex-rebels that control it collapsed, a security official said.

"The airport was attacked this morning with mortar rounds, rockets and tank fire," airport security official Al-Jilani Al-Dahesh told AFP.

"It was the most intense bombardment so far." Islamist militia first attacked the airport last Sunday, forcing a halt to all flights.

Their continued offensive has caused extensive damage to planes and airport infrastructure that aviation officials say will keep it closed for months.

 
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