Rockets target lifeline airport in eastern Libya

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Rockets target lifeline airport in eastern LibyaBENGHAZI Libya (Reuters) – fired rockets at eastern Libya’ Labraq airport on , its director said, targeting oil producer’ few functioning air hubs as between armed groups escalates.

airport east Benghazi has become a major gateway into Libya since and Tunisia canceled almost all flights to the capital Tripoli and the west the country last week, citing security reasons.

The North African nation has descended into anarchy with a weak unable to control fighters who helped topple strongman Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 but vie for control of territory and resources.
The unknown used a Grad multiple rocket launcher but did not cause any major damage and Labraq was still operating, director Abu Bakr al-Abidi said.

Tunis Air suspended flights to Labraq and Tobruk in the far east on Sunday, Libyan officials said. It was of the last airlines still flying to Libya after rival factions turned Tripoli International Airport into a battlefield last month.

An armed faction mainly from Misrata seized Tripoli airport from a rival group from Zintan, also located in western Libya, on Saturday. The terminal has been destroyed by a fire though it is unclear who was responsible.

Benghazi’ own airport has been closed since May when a renegade general launched a military campaign on Islamists in the port .[eap_ad_3]