Libya islamists resume assault on Tripoli airport


Smoke rises after a shelling at Tripoli International Airport

Islamist militia resumed their assault on Libya’s main international airport in Tripoli on Sunday two days after an abortive truce with the rival former rebels that control it, a security official said, according to Agence France-Presse. 

“The airport was attacked this morning with mortar rounds, rockets and tank fire,” Al-Jilani al-Dahesh, an airport security official said. 

“It was the most intense bombardment so far,” he added. 

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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