Heavy fighting breaks out near Tripoli

Libya still suffers from instability

by Feras Bosalum and Ulf Laessing | Reuters | July 13, 2014

Heavy fighting broke out between rival militias vying for control of Libya’s main airport on Sunday, killing at least three people and forcing a halt of all flights in the worst fighting in the capital for six months.

Explosions and anti-aircraft gunfire were heard from early morning on the airport road and other parts of Tripoli.

Residents said that Zintan militiamen who had controlled the airport came under fire and local TV footage suggested that the attacking rebels were from the western city of Misratis.

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