Fresh Attacks On Libya Airport Push Death Toll To 30

TRIPOLI, July 16 (Bernama) -- Libya's international airport in capital Tripoli has come under renewed attack on Wednesday with death toll reaching 30 and over 40 people injured, Xinhua news agency reported.

Heavy weapons were used in the attack and dozens of rocket-propelled grenades fired into the airport, said a commander for Zintan militia guarding the air hub.

Intense fighting has been continuing in Tripoli since early Sunday when armed groups launched attacks on the airport and some key road intersections.

A witness said clashes had damaged 90 percent of aircraft at the airport and severely damaged the control tower.

On Wednesday, the Libyan government opened the Mitiga military airport to manage civil flights.

Libya has witnessed a drastic escalation of violence and political instability since the toppling of Libya's former leader Muammar Gaddafi.

The central government has failed to control the former rebels and militia.


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