New militia claims attack on Libya's Mitiga airport

No victims or damage, but flights diverted to Misurata

12 September, 12:29

    (ANSAmed) - CAIRO, SEPTEMBER 12 - Rockets were launched overnight on Libya's Mitiga airport, the only functioning airport in Tripoli, according to BBC online, citing an airport source.

    There were no victims or damage, but a Libyan Airlines flight was diverted to the Misurata airport, about 200 km east of the capital, and other flights will also be diverted to Misurata.

    The attack on the airport, which just reopened last Friday, was by the Harak Shabab Tarablus (Tripoli Youth Movement) militia, a new group opposing Prime Minister Fayez Al Sarraj, according to the site Al Motawaset. It said the group posted a video on its Facebook page, which was created just last Saturday, about an "operation to launch rockets on the airport", after having announced its intention to do so.

    In a Facebook post from Saturday labeled "communique number 1", the group declared itself against "militias that dominate the people's wealth" and those "at the airport" acting as "a source of pressure, theft, and bribery to carry out foreign agendas and fundamentalist ideas of certain states, including Saudi Arabia".

    The Movement, referring to a group that supports the prime minister, said it denounces the "hateful acts perpetrated by militias including the Rada".

    It said it has no political target other than "the return of the State to the army, the police, and the judiciary" and said it "will not stop until the Mitiga airport militias are disbanded".

    In a nod to warn airport workers of the impending strike, the Facebook post on the Harak Shabab Tarablus page said "our rockets and missile launchers will mercilessly hit any location these militias find themselves".

    The UN announced that an agreement was made on Sunday to respect the September 4 ceasefire, following nine days of clashes between militias in Tripoli that resulted in nearly 80 deaths.(ANSAmed).

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