Tuesday 21 October 2014

22 killed in Libya airport clashes

Published 03/08/2014 | 07:35

Prime Minister David Cameron (right) and William Hague at Tripoli Airport during a visit in 2011

A day of militia fighting for control of the international airport in the capital Tripoli has killed 22 people, a spokesman for Libya's interim government said.

In a statement early today, it said "heavily armed groups" have shelled "civilian targets" endangering thousands of citizens and leaving hundreds of families displaced.

The 22 people were killed yesterday alone, the latest casualties in fighting that has claimed more than 200 lives in recent weeks.

Libya is in the grip of its worst violence since the 2011 uprising that toppled long-time dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

Islamist militias from the coastal city of Misrata have led the assault on airport, seeking to seize it from militias from the mountain town of Zintan.

The fighters are mainly former rebels who toppled Gaddafi with the aid of Nato airstrikes.

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