Libyan gov't accuses rival army of attacking Tripoli airport

Source: Xinhua| 2019-08-15 20:54:05|Editor: xuxin
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TRIPOLI, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- The UN-backed government of Libya on Thursday accused the rival east-based army of attacking the capital Tripoli's international airport and killing a security officer.

"Haftar's forces (army commander) launched six rockets on the M'etiga international airport, killing one security officer and injuring several others," Mustafa al-Me'ji, spokesman of the government forces, told Xinhua.

The attack also caused material damage to the airport, the spokesman said, adding that flights at the airports have been transferred to Misurata international airport, some 200 km east of Tripoli.

The army made no comment regarding the attack so far.

Since early April, the government has been engaged in a deadly armed conflict against the army, which is trying to take over the capital Tripoli and overthrow the government.

The fighting so far has killed more than a thousand people, injured more than 5,700 others, and forced more than 120,000 people to flee their homes, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The army is allied with the eastern-based government, as the north African nation is politically divided between eastern and western governments.

Libya has been struggling to make a democratic transition amid insecurity and chaos ever since the fall of former leader Muammar Gaddafi's regime in 2011.