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Libya: Airstrikes on ‘Military Section’ of Mitiga

Libya: Airstrikes on ‘Military Section’ of Mitiga

Wednesday, 18 September, 2019 - 07:15
The interior of Mitiga airport is seen empty following clashes, in Tripoli, Libya, January 15, 2018. REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny

The Libyan National Army (LNA), led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, mounted Tuesday three airstrikes on the 'military section' of Mitiga airbase.

The strikes hit their targets with high precision, the LNA said.

Further, the Volcano of Rage operation led by the Government of National Accord (GNA) renewed charges against the army of launching attacks on Mitiga International Airport as part of “continuous targeting of infrastructure and airports.”

In a terse statement, the operation didn’t reveal if there were material or human losses but published photos of smoke rising from the airport.

The facility was shut down several times as a result of airstrikes carried out by the LNA, which accuses Sarraj’s government of using the airport for “military purposes” in addition to allowing Turkish drones to take off from there.

Mitiga International Airport is operating as an alternative for Tripoli International Airport that has been shut down since 2014.

Spokesman of the GNA Army Colonel Mohammad Qanunu declared earlier that its airforce conducted four airstrikes on Monday in El-Sbeaa and Suq Al Khamis, south of the capital Tripoli, targeting mercenaries and armored vehicles.

In Sirte, the LNA revealed that the airstrikes it mounted on Monday led to the destruction of about 50 vehicles and the death of more than 21 individuals.

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