Tripoli airport under fire, all flights are routed in Misrata

© 2018 AFP / Mahmud Tigkarakis at the airport Mitiga in Tripoli, Libya. Archival photoTripoli airport under fire, all flights are routed in Misrata© 2018 AFP / Mahmud Turkia

Maitega international airport near the Libyan capital of Tripoli came under fire, all flights diverted to the city of Misrata, reports channel Sky News Arabia.

Local residents told the channel that in the vicinity of the airport were heard explosions. About victims and destructions until information was received.

A few days earlier Maitega international airport eight kilometres to the East of Tripoli has resumed its work after the armistice between the warring armed groups based near the air port.

After the overthrow and murder in 2011 during armed conflict the country’s leader Muammar Gaddafi, Libya is experiencing a period of acute crisis. In the country there was a dual power in the East in the city of Tobruk, seat of the elected in the General elections, the Parliament, and in the West, in the capital Tripoli, the government of national consensus, formed with the support of the UN and the EU.

Dual power and the collapse of security in Libya after the overthrow of Gaddafi has led to the growth of armed insurgent groups and terrorist organizations. Due to the lack of Central authority and a unified army in Libya has become a hub for the smuggling and transshipment point of illegal migrants from Africa to Europe.