Libya: Looking bad at militias fight over the airport, having destroyed 90% of Tripoli’s airport jets

The wreckage of a truck and an airplane are seen at Tripoli international airport in the Libyan capital on July 14, 2014. (AFP)

Ninety percent of the planes parked at Libya’s Tripoli International Airport have been destroyed after shelling attacks on the site, government spokesman Ahmed Lamine said on Tuesday.

“The government has studied the possibility to bring international forces to enhance security,” he told reporters, according to Reuters news agency,

It was not immediately clear how many planes were destroyed, but the airport serves as the main hub for several Libyan carriers.
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An aircraft burns after an attack on Tripoli airport

On Monday, the capital’s international airport was hit by a salvo of rockets. “Dozens of rockets were fired at the airport,” al-Jilani al-Dahech, a security official at the scene, told Agence France Presse, while another source said an aircraft took a direct hit.

Several Grad rockets hit the airport, damaging the control tower, Reuters news agency quoted a Libyan official as saying…

Another report: (Reuters) – First, there is a single shot. Then Libyan fighters empty their anti-aircraft guns as others crouch for cover at Tripoli International Airport.

Until Saturday night, the airport was a hub for Libyans coming home for the Muslim fasting month and expatriates going on vacation. Now, Libya’s main airport has turned into a battlefield between rival militias, a sign of anarchy in the oil producer.

The weak government with its almost non-existent army is appealing for calm but fighters on both sides show no signs of abating in the worst militia clashes in the capital Tripoli since November.

Militiamen from the northwestern region of Zintan are ready to defend the airport that they have protected in the absence of state forces since helping to take Tripoli in August 2011 when Muammar Gaddafi’s regime fell…

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