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09 May 2020 | 06:23 PM UTC

Libya: Shelling targets Mitiga International Airport (MJI) May 9

Libya News Alert

Shelling damages passenger planes at Mitiga International Airport (MJI) on May 9; flight disruptions expected over the coming hours

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/9/2020, 12:00 AM until 5/11/2020, 11:59 PM (Africa/Tripoli). COUNTRY/REGION Tripoli

Event

According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Transportation, fuel tanks and passenger planes at Tripoli's Mitiga International Airport (MJI) were damaged by artillery fire on Saturday, May 9. The Transport Ministry blamed forces of the Libyan National Army (LNA) for the shelling, though the LNA has yet to comment on the incident. Emergency personnel have been deployed to the airport to combat a blaze that erupted in the wake of the attack.

Flight delays and cancelations are to be expected at MJI over the coming hours. Similar attacks are possible over the near term.

Context

The Libyan National Army (LNA) launched an offensive on Tripoli on April 4, 2019, and prompted evacuations of foreigners from Tripoli on April 7, 2019. LNA and Government of National Accord (GNA) airstrikes have been sporadically reported since April 8, 2019. The bulk of recent fighting has been concentrated in the southern suburbs of the capital.

Advice

Individuals in Tripoli and those traveling via Mitiga International Airport (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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