Libya’s Mitiga airport bombed again by army warplanes

Xinhua
November 25,2014

TRIPOLI, Warplanes of Libyan army carried out on Tuesday another air strike on Tripoli’s Mitiga airport in less than 24 hours, according to a security source.

The security source from Mitiga airport said that a warplane attacked several targets inside the air base, leaving no casualties. The jet failed to hit any major target, and its missiles struck an uninhabited place.

“The fighter flew for a few minutes before it was targeted by anti-aircraft fires. It almost dropped down but it maneuvered away toward the opposite side of the air hub,” the source said.

On Monday, national army’s warplanes bombed Mitiga airport, damaging the runway and a number of houses nearby, according to a security source. The crucial air hub has suspended all international and domestic flights.

Mitiga is the sole functioning airport after the Libya Dawn destroyed Tripoli International Airport and occupied Tripoli in August. The armed Islamist coalition has set up its own regime to confront the internationally recognized one, which is currently on exile in the eastern town of Tobruk.

Libya’s national army earlier this week also warned that their warplanes might also target ports in Sirte, Misrata and Zuwarah in order to to strike the Islamist militants occupying these places.

The national army, along with some pro-secular militia, has recently mounted several battles aiming to regain control of the lost cities and towns.

During the last two weeks, fierce clashes in Benghazi have killed at least 356 people. Libya has witnessed a drastic escalation of violence after the 2011 turmoil which toppled the former leader Muammar Gaddafi.

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