Libya halts flights at Mitiga airport

epa02960813 A tank of Libyan rebels fire at pro-Gaddafi fighters during the battle to liberate the city of Sirte, Libya 10 October 2011. According to media sources on 10 October, fighters loyal to Libya's interim rulers withdrew from the airport in the desert town of Bani Walid amid fighting with forces loyal to fugitive leader Muammar Gaddafi. The withdrawal comes a day after the fighters claimed major advances in Sirte and Bani Walid, the last strongholds of Gaddafi. EPA/MOHAMED MESSARA

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Flights were suspended Sunday at Libya’s Mitiga International Airport in capital Tripoli as Khalifa Haftar-affiliated forces violated the truce reached on the Eid al-Adha, Muslim religious holiday, for the second time.

All flights were suspended until further notice as the airport came under rocket attacks.

The Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) said that it was the second violation of the ceasefire, which had been proposed by the UN and accepted by both commander Khalifa Haftar, the leader of eastern Libyan forces, and the GNA.

The first violation of the ceasefire by the Haftar forces came when they targeted a neighbourhood near the airport with random rocket and artillery fires.

Via Middle East Monitor

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