Libya’s Tripoli airport closed due to unidentified drone

Flights from Tripoli’s Matiga airport have been halted until further notice, said its director Lutfi Al-Tayeb. (File/Reuters)
Updated 09 March 2019
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Libya’s Tripoli airport closed due to unidentified drone

  • Residents have repeatedly spotted drones flying over Tripoli in the past few days but the reason is not clear
  • Flights from Tripoli’s Matiga airport have been halted until further notice, said its director Lutfi Al-Tayeb

TRIPOLI: The airport in the Libyan capital Tripoli was closed on Saturday due to an unidentified drone flying in the area, the airport’s director said.
Residents have repeatedly spotted drones flying over Tripoli in the past few days but the reason is not clear.
Flights from Tripoli’s Matiga airport have been halted until further notice, said its director Lutfi Al-Tayeb.
People in the capital have been on edge due to rumors that the eastern-based Libya National Army (LNA) loyal to Khalifa Haftar might seek to take it after gaining control of much of the south.
Haftar has not said he wants to march on Tripoli but a LNA website carried an unsourced report this week saying it could happen, adding that the LNA was working with people inside the city.
The United Nations, alarmed about the possibility of a military escalation, is mediating between Haftar, who is allied to a parallel government in the east, and Tripoli premier Fayez Al-Serraj who heads the UN-backed administration.
The UN has been trying for years to pull the oil producer out of conflict but made little progress.


Iran is not pursuing war: Revolutionary Guards chief

Updated 19 May 2019
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Iran is not pursuing war: Revolutionary Guards chief

  • “The difference between us and them is that they are afraid of war and don’t have the will for it,” the general said

GENEVA: Iran is not pursuing war, the head of the elite Revolutionary Guards said on Sunday, according to the Fars news agency.
“The difference between us and them is that they are afraid of war and don’t have the will for it,” Major General Hossein Salami said.