Four mortar rounds reportedly landed within the perimeter of Tripoli's Mitiga Airport (MJI) at approximately 04:00 (local time) on Friday, September 6. According to local sources, the airport is currently closed to commercial flights but is open for charter and official flights.
Further attacks targeting MJI are possible in the near term and may result in the temporarily closure of the airport.
The airport has been targeted by air and mortar strikes multiple times in recent months; however, the strikes generally do not hit the main runway or any civilian facilities and normal flight operations have typically been 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.
Individuals in Tripoli and those traveling via MJI are advised to monitor the situation, confirm flight reservations, 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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