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Libya civil war: Flights diverted from Tripoli airport following reports of rocket fire | World | News

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Libya civil war: Flights diverted from Tripoli airport following reports of rocket fire | World | News

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The diversion follows reports from residents that rockets were fired in the direction of the airport late on Tuesday.

Misrata airport, which is located around 120 miles east of Tripoli, reported that all flights bound for Tripoli will now be diverted to Misrata.

A spokesman for the faction controlling Mitiga airport, Tripoli’s only functioning airport, stated that no one had been injured in the rocket fire.

However Libyan media reported that numerous individuals had been injured by the rockets.

The violence comes less than a week after the United Nations brokered a truce between rival armed groups in Tripoli.

The airport was closed on September 1 after rockets were fired in the direction of the airport.

This followed constant fighting between rival factions in Tripoli’s southern suburbs.

The violence erupted after militia groups from Tarhouna attacked neighbourhoods in the southern suburbs of Tripoli, causing militias supporting the UN-backed government to react.

Over 60 people were killed in the clashes and over 200 injured, according to reports.

The Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) consequently declared a state of emergency in Tripoli at the start of September following the constant violence between the rival factions.

The governments of the UK, France, Italy and the US condemned the ongoing violence and fatalities in Tripoli at the start of September.

They also expressed their support for the UN-led peace process led by Special Representative Dr Ghassan Salamé.

In a joint statement, the countries stated: “Any attempts to undermine Libya’s security are unacceptable and completely counter to the wishes of the Libyan people.

“The international community is monitoring the situation closely.

“We strongly warn against any further escalation and call on all parties to work together to exercise restraint, restore calm, and engage in peaceful dialogue.”