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23 Jul 2019 | 09:39 AM UTC

Libya: Flight operations resume at Mitiga Airport (MJI) after airstrike July 23 /update 2

Libya News Alert

Tripoli’s Mitiga Airport (MJI) reopens after indirect fire halts flights July 23; residual flight disruptions possible

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/23/2019, 12:00 AM until 7/26/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Tripoli). COUNTRY/REGION Tripoli, Tripoli-Matiga airport

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Event

Officials at Tripoli's Mitiga International Airport (MJI) indicated that flight operations have resumed on Tuesday, July 23. Officials halted flight traffic on Monday, July 22, after indirect fire hit the facility. No casualties were immediately reported.

Further airstrikes are possible in the near term in Tripoli, including at MJI. 

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. Airstrikes by LNA and the Government of National Accord (GNA) 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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