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07 oct. 2019 | 13h04 UTC

Libya: UN warns against attacks on civilian infrastructure in Libya October 6 /update 3

Libya Alerte de sécurité

The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) warns against attacks on civilian infrastructure in Libya on October 6 after airstrikes against Misrata Airport (MRA); further attacks possible

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/10/2019, 12h00 until 12/10/2019, 11h59 (Africa/Tripoli). COUNTRY/REGION Misrata International Airport (MRA), Misrata

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Event

On Sunday, October 6, the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) issued a warning against attacks on civilian infrastructures in the country. The statement comes after airstrikes by the Libyan National Army (LNA) had targeted a mobile antenna used to control drones positioned near the International Airport of Misrata (MRA) on Saturday, October 5. The attack reportedly wounded an employee and caused material damage to the airport, while leading to its closure for several hours. The mission has called for an immediate halt to such attacks that constitute a "blatant violation of International Humanitarian law."

The LNA has conducted several airstrikes on the Misrata Air College (MAC), located 4 km (2 mi) from a MRA's passenger facility following the October 5 attack. Further attacks targeting MRA and MAC are possible in the near term. 

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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