AFRICA/LIBYA - Worrying situation in Tripoli after clashes at the airport

Monday, 14 July 2014

Tripoli (Agenzia Fides) - "The situation is very tense and uncertain. We are very concerned" say to Fides Agency local sources from Tripoli who have requested anonymity. The Libyan capital is experiencing difficult times after yesterday’s clashes, Sunday 13 July, around the airport which is a few kilometers from the city center.
The clashes are between the Zintan militia, who have taken control of the airport since the fall of the Gaddafi regime, and a number of rebel groups linked, it seems, to jihadist movements. In the clashes at least 6 people were killed and another 25 were injured.
The airport was closed to traffic for at least 3 days, and direct flights to Tripoli have been rerouted to Misrata. The serious situation in Libya was the focus of a meeting held on July 13 in Hammamet, Tunisia, with the participation of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Tunisia, Sudan, Egypt, Algeria, Niger and the representatives of the Arab League and the African Union. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 14/07/2014)