Islamists mount 'heaviest' assault on Libya airport
Published on Jul 20, 2014 3:04 PM
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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