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06 juin 2019 | 07h17 UTC

Libya: Tripoli’s Mitiga Airport (MJI) remains operational following airstrike June 6 /update 1

Libya Alerte de sécurité

Mitiga International Airport (MJI) in Tripoli remains operational following airstrike on June 6; further airstrikes possible in near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/6/2019, 12h00 until 13/6/2019, 11h59 (Africa/Tripoli). COUNTRY/REGION Tripoli-Matiga airport, Tripoli

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Event

An airstrike targeted Mitiga International Airport (MJI) in Tripoli in the early morning (local time) of Thursday, June 6, though the airport remained operational. Airport authorities and local sources stated that the airstrike, which was conducted around 02:00 by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA), hit far from the main runway and passenger facilities. No casualties were reported. Further airstrikes are possible in the near term in Tripoli, including at MJI.

Context

The 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 the affected areas, 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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