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19 Sep 2019 | 10:35 AM UTC

Libya: Further airstrikes reported near Misrata Airport (MRA) September 18 /update 1

Libya News Alert

Sources report airstrikes near Misrata International Airport (MRA) September 18; further attacks possible

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/19/2019, 12:00 AM until 9/23/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Tripoli). COUNTRY/REGION Misrata International Airport (MRA), Misrata

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Event

Sources indicate that the Libyan National Army (LNA) has conducted airstrikes on the Misrata Air College (MAC) at around 13:00 (local time) on Wednesday, September 18. Two missiles hit an unidentified target in MAC, located 4 km (2mi) from Misrata International Airport's (MRA) passenger facility. Independent sources in MRA have stated that there has been no disruption to civilian airport operations.

Further attacks targeting MRA are possible in the near term. This may result in the temporarily closure of the airport, though local sources consider this highly unlikely. Disruptions to scheduled flights are possible.

Context

The Libyan National Army (LNA) has conducted similar airstrikes on targets near Misrata International Airport (MRA) and Misrata Air College (MAC) on September 13. MRA is currently the only international airport serving northwest Libya; it is reported to be crowded but functioning efficiently.

The LNA launched an offensive into southern Tripoli on April 4. The advance halted 10km south of central Tripoli within a week and frontlines have remained largely static since. Throughout this time, LNA precision strikes have targeted military assets operating from Tripoli's Mitiga International Airport and Misrata International Airport. Disruption to civilian air operations has been minimal.

Advice

Individuals in Misrata and those traveling via MRA 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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