Libya: Tripoli international airport to resume flights on Dec 12

TRIPOLI, Dec 2 (NNN-Xinhua) — The Ministry of Transport of the UN-backed Libyan government announced that the Mitiga International Airport in the capital Tripoli will resume flights on Dec 12.

A meeting was held to discuss the latest developments of the projects, in which a decision was made to reactivate the airport on Dec 12, said a statement of the ministry.

Mitiga International Airport has been closed in September after it was hit by shelling, and all flights have since been redirected to the International Airport of Misurata city, some 200 km east of Tripoli.

The eastern-based army, led by Khalifa Haftar, has been leading a military campaign in and around Tripoli, attempting to take over the city and topple the UN-backed government.

Despite UN condemnations, Mitiga and Misurata international airports have repeatedly been targeted since the beginning of the armed conflict.

Meanwhile, two airstrikes within 72 hours killed 14 children and injured at least 10 other civilians in Libya, said the forces of Libya’s UN-backed government on Sunday.

The forces said that one airstrike carried out by the east-based rebel army on a residential neighborhood in the south of the capital Tripoli on Sunday killed five children and injured 10 other civilians, while another airstrike on Friday killed nine children and two women in the southern town Umm Al-Aranib.

The armed conflicts have injured and killed thousands of people, and displaced nearly 120,000 civilians.

Libya has been plagued by insecurity and political division since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. — NNN-XINHUA