Libya Tripoli airport BOMBED in air strike - all flights suspended

10 April, 2019, 07:28 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
  • Media playback is unsupported on your device                  Media caption Gen Haftar's forces prepare for Tripoli battle

The country is divided between two rival governments, with an elected parliament governing the country's east and the UN- and EU-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) ruling the west from Tripoli.

The Libyan National Army, allied to a parallel government based in Benghazi in the east, controlled the oil-rich south of the country earlier in the year before its surprising and rapid advancement towards the coastal capital.

Seizing the capital, however, is a much bigger challenge.

"The air force took part for the first time in the military operations", said LNA spokesman Ahmed Mismari.

A contingent of USA forces evacuated at the weekend.

A Reuters correspondent in the city centre could hear gunfire in the distance southwards.

Al-Sarraj has been heading the Tripoli government since 2016 under a UN-mediated agreement, which Haftar has boycotted.

The United Nations said 2,800 people were displaced by clashes and many more could flee, though some were trapped. "The United Nations is deeply concerned for the welfare of the civilian population in the ongoing violence, and of the implications of the attack on the airport", said Salame.

The U.N. mission to Libya (UNSMIL) called on Sunday for a truce for two hours in southern Tripoli to evacuate civilians and wounded, it said in a statement without giving details.

The violence has cast doubt on the United Nations plan to hold a conference from 14 to 16 April to arrange for the elections, as a way out of the ongoing chaos since Gaddafi's ousting under Western support eight years ago.

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The UN, US and European Union and the Group of Seven economic bloc have all called for a ceasefire.

Haftar casts himself as a foe of extremism but is viewed by opponents as a new dictator in the mould of Gaddafi, whose four-decade rule was marked by torture, disappearances and assassinations.

Six flights were due to take off on Monday before forces from the self-styled LNA, loyal to renegade general Khalifa Hafter who supports a rival House of Representatives (HoR) government in Tobruk, carried out the air strikes, the Libya Observer reported.

Its elite force, Saiqa (Lightning), numbers some 3,500, while Haftar's sons also have well-equipped troops, LNA sources say.

Libya has become the main conduit for African migrants and refugees trying to reach Europe, with many detained if their journey fails and they are sent back.

France, which has close links to Haftar, said it had no prior warning of his push for Tripoli, a diplomatic source said.

France established close relations with Mr Haftar under the Socialist government of former President Francois Hollande and his defence minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian.

France's stance has created tensions with Italy, which has sought a leading role to end the turmoil in its former colony.

In Tripoli, Higher Council of State chief Khaled al-Mishri announced his rejection of the LNA's operation, calling on the GNA to issue a warrant for Haftar's arrest.

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