Militia takes control of Tripoli airport

2012-06-04 16:00

Tripoli - A Libyan security official says disgruntled militiamen have taken over the country's main airport, storming it with heavy machine guns and armoured vehicles and forcing airport authorities to divert flights.

Mohammed el-Gharyani, a member of Tripoli Security Committee, says militiamen from the city of Tarhouna occupied the airport runway on Monday.

Flights were diverted to Metiga air base in the city's centre.

He says the militiamen are angry over arrest of their commander, Abu Elija, on Sunday.

Tarhouna in central Libya was widely seen as a favorite of deposed ruler Muammar Gaddafi.

Its dominant tribe, also called Tarhouna, held many positions in the Libyan military under Gaddafi. The city's residents are viewed with suspicion by former rebels.

Tribal rivalries have swept Libya since Gaddafi was overthrown last year.

  • Nicardo - 2012-06-04 16:20

    What did they expect? This is what happens if you listen to the West's opinion about leadership and democritsation....

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-04 17:41

      Other way around. This is what happens when an unelected dictator goes mad, kills and terrorizes his people and destroys part of a country, rather than lead it to true democracy.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-04 17:56

      When you don't listen to the will of the people and the freer world, Syria happens, which is far worse. The better end of the spectrum is Tunisia.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-06-04 18:32

      Yes, certainly, problems like this can be expected. The Libyans have just come out 40 years of tyranny by a mad prostitute!! It must be eating the guts of all these ones with continious negative CRAP about Libya that now ; TWO MILLION LIBYANS have now registered for the upcoming elections, where for the first time in 4 decades THEY will choose who will be their leaders. Today, it is difficult to find even TEN Libyans, who preferred the 'good old times' with that psychopatic MURDERER

  • Sydney - 2012-06-04 16:40

    Hopefully, that stupid Fred is reading

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-04 17:42


  • jmasha3 - 2012-06-04 17:04

    *lol* where is Nato now?is there any democracy in Libya?They will remember the Brother leader.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-04 17:43

      What has this to do with NATO? Look at Tunisia where its unelected leader didn't go mad, kill his people and destroy the country.

  • Morama - 2012-06-04 17:15

    Oh yes,Let America and their allies come to the rescue of this country.Their mission was the natural resources like as in Iraq. Now Britain and America's economies are in $#it,they are claiming to be rebuilding both countries by getting their countrymen the jobs they desparately need to sustain their poor families.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-04 17:49

      And if America did you'd be bitching about that too. You should also look more closely into how the international oil market works, how much benefit the oil-baring countries receive, and which countries are members of OPEC, the organization that has the greatest control over oil prices. .

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-06-04 18:51

      Morama, If you want to make a comment, please talk some sense. No Libyan oil went to the USA , pre abatoir, while this thug was laying in the abatoir, and after he left the abatoir. These slimy Chinese, today take most of Libyan oil, ON THEIR TERMS, and without having lift one finger!!!!!

  • Moleseng Malepe - 2012-06-04 21:14

    El-Gaddafi rules from da grave, those pupet regime will soon bite dust, you cannot detach Gaddafi from Libyan history.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-06-04 22:00

      Maybe notb you, but the Libyans can, very very easily. Your hero was a con artist, with this golf cart and his flipping tent BS, while living in a vila, where even Julius Malema would be jealous of. And his ever so corrupt and evil sons living the billionaire life styles in New York, London and Paris !!! If Africa ever had a family of criminla thugs, it was this gaddafi ROT !!!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-05 01:15

      No-one "rules from the grave". And history he is, in almost the most ugly way imaginable. But it was his choice, again and again and again. He got what he wanted: to die fighting.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-05 01:16

      Compare what happened in Tunisia and Egypt. Much less violence and ugliness. The difference: Gaddafi.

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