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24 sept. 2019 | 12h13 UTC

Libya: Further airstrikes reported near Misrata Airport (MRA) September 24 /update 2

Libya Alerte de sécurité

Sources report new airstrikes near Misrata International Airport (MRA) September 24 while clashes resume in southern areas of Tripoli; further unrest expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 24/9/2019, 12h00 until 27/9/2019, 11h59 (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 09:00 (local time) on Tuesday, September 24. Three missiles reportedly landed 3 km (2 mi) south of MAC. Further attacks targeting MAC are possible in the near term. This may result in flight disruptions at Misrata International Airport's (MRA), as MAC is located 4 km (2 mi) from a/the passenger facility.

Furthermore, media reports indicated that clashes between the Libyan National Army (LNA) forces and Government of National Accord (GNA) supporters took place in southern areas of Tripoli on Sunday, September 22. Clashes reportedly occurred as LNA forces tried to advance towards Al-ʿAzīzīyah District of the Bir Alleg area. Associated fighting was reported in the areas of El-Sbeaa and Sog Al-Khmies Emsihel.

Further violence, including shelling and airstrikes, are likely in the coming weeks, especially in contested areas to the south of Tripoli.

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 and 18. 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 (MJI) and Misrata International Airport (MRA). Disruption to civilian air operations has been minimal.

Advice

Individuals in Libya 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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