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Main Libya airport closed as rival militias clash

Published on Jul 13, 2014 10:54 PM
 
Smoke rises near buildings after heavy fighting between rival militias broke out near the airport in Tripoli July 13, 2014. Deadly clashes raged on Sunday around Libya's main international airport, closing it down, as the anti-Islamist militia that control it came under attack, airport officials said. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

TRIPOLI (AFP) - Deadly clashes raged on Sunday around Libya's main international airport, closing it down, as the anti-Islamist militia that control it came under attack, airport officials said.

The exchanges of fire with heavy weapons killed at least six people and wounded 25, a health ministry official said.

It was not immediately known if civilians were among the casualties.

The assault on the Zintan militia which controls the airport by Islamist militants came after the UN pulled staff from Libya citing security reasons, and as the United States warned of further escalation.

 
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