Fierce fighting halts flights into Libyan capital

2014-07-13 08:25

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Tripoli - Fierce fighting erupted around the Libyan capital's international airport on Sunday as the anti-Islamist militia that control it came under attack, airport officials said.

"Rockets struck inside the airport perimeter around 04:00 GMT" interrupting flights, an official said.

"Clashes followed between the Zintan militia who control the airport and rivals who want to drive them out," the official added.

The former rebel militia from Zintan, a hill town southwest of the capital, are the main supporters of liberals trying to resist attempts by powerful Islamists bidding for a power in the vacuum left by the 2011 ouster of veteran dictator Moamer Kadhafi.

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