Fighting continued in the south of Tripoli on Wednesday, September 19. Rockets from a multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) were reportedly fired at Tripoli International Airport (TIP) on Wednesday evening (local time). Earlier that day, clashes were reported between the 7th (Kani) Brigade along the Third Ring Road. It is unclear when the fighting between the rival militia groups will abate. Additional clashes are expected in Tripoli in the coming hours and days.
This recent escalation in fighting has taken place after a deadline set by tribal leaders and members of the Libyan National Army (LNA) in Tarhuna requesting armed militias in Tripoli stand down by September 17 or face military action passed. Local sources have observed an increased LNA presence in the south of Tripoli. These clashes follow several days of a tenuous ceasefire between local armed groups, initially brokered by the UN on September 4, which aimed to put an end to hostilities ongoing around Tripoli since August 27.
Mitiga International Airport (MJI) was closed on September 17 after the UN-backed Government of National Accord and the RADA Special Deterrence Forces (RDF) agreed to hand over control of the airport to another militia. Flights to and from MJI have been diverted to Misrata International Airport (MRA).
The security environment in Libya remains complex. Although travel is possible in some areas (with appropriate security protocols in place), other areas should be considered strictly off-limits. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.
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