Rocket fire hits Libyan airport, obstructing Eid truce

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Rocket fire has hit the sole functioning airport in Libya’s Capital on Sunday, August 11 violating a temporary truce between government and forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar.

The airport management said in a statement on Facebook that “ Mitiga airport has been targeted by fire this morning, the first day of Eid al-Adha, referring to the three day Muslim holiday which began on Sunday.

Self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) and the Tripoli-based government of National Accord previously had an agreement on a UN-sponsored humanitarian truce for Eid Al-Adha, though the GNA had listed conditions including ceasing of troop movement.

The GNA blamed Haftar’s forces for the attack against the airport and for a separate alleged attack in the Soug al-Jomma district of Tripoli. “ Haftar’s militias have violated the truce twice.” Said GNA Spokesperson Mustapha al-Mejii.

The Hafter forces targeted a home in Soug al-Jomaa wounded three civilians and their second hit is on Mitiga airport, al-Mejii added.

“ We have noted the coordinates of the rocket fire from zones controlled by Haftar’s militias south of the capital” and passed them on to the UN mission in Libya (UNSMIL). “Said al-Mejii.

Over 1,093 people have lost their lives in the fight, 5,572 wounded and 120,000 people displaced in four months, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

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