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22 Jul 2019 | 08:48 PM UTC

Libya: Flights halted at Tripoli’s Mitiga Airport (MJI) after attack July 22 /update 1

Libya News Alert

Flights halted at Tripoli’s Mitiga International Airport (MJI) after indirect fire reportedly hits July 22; flight delays and cancelations expected over the coming hours

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/22/2019, 12:00 AM until 7/23/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Tripoli). COUNTRY/REGION Tripoli, Tripoli-Matiga airport

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Event

Flights have been halted at Tripoli's Mitiga International Airport (MJI) on the evening (local time) of Monday, July 22, after indirect fire reportedly hit the facility. The expected timeline for the resumption of flight operations at the airport was not immediately reported.

Flight disruptions (e.g. delays and cancelations) are to be expected at MJI over the coming hours. Similar attacks on MJI are possible over the coming days.

Context

Tripoli's Mitiga International Airport (MJI) was targeted by air and mortar strikes multiple times in June; however, the strikes did not damage the main runway or any civilian facilities and normal flight operations were typically restored within a few hours.

The Libyan National Army (LNA) launched an offensive on Tripoli on April 4 and prompted evacuations of foreigners from Tripoli en masse on April 7. LNA and Government of National Accord (GNA) airstrikes have been sporadically reported since April 8. The bulk of recent fighting has been concentrated in the southern suburbs of the capital.

Advice

Individuals in Tripoli are advised to monitor the situation, avoid areas affected by fighting, maintain safe and current evacuation plans, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments.

The security environment in Libya remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.

 

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