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03 août 2019 | 21h20 UTC

Libya: Flight operations resume at Mitiga Airport (MJI) after rocket strikes August 3 /update 2

Libya Alerte de sécurité

Tripoli’s Mitiga Airport (MJI) reopens after rocket fire halts flights August 3; residual flight disruptions possible

TIMEFRAME expected from 3/8/2019, 12h00 until 3/8/2019, 11h59 (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 as of approximately 21:30 (local time) on Saturday, August 3, after security forces reportedly cleared the airport grounds. Local sources indicated at 16:30 that several rocket strikes landed in proximity to planes within the airport perimeter. 

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

Context

Tripoli's Mitiga International Airport (MJI) has been targeted by air and mortar strikes multiple times in recent months; 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. 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 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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