Libya authorities close Tripoli’s only airport over safety

Travellers arrive at the Mitiga International Airport after its reopening on September 7, 2018, in the Libyan capital of Tripoli. / AFP / Mahmud TURKIA
Updated 17 September 2018

Libya authorities close Tripoli’s only airport over safety

  • Transport Minister Hisham Boushkiwat called the closing of Mitiga airport “unfortunate”
  • The UN-backed Tripoli government handed control of the facility from one militia to another, prompting the Transport Ministry to order its closure on security concerns

BENGHAZI: Libyan authorities have closed the capitol Tripoli’s only functioning airport, diverting traffic to another one at the nearby militia-controlled city of Misrata.
The Monday move came after the UN-backed Tripoli government handed control of the facility from one militia to another, prompting the Transport Ministry to order its closure on security concerns.
Deputy Transport Minister Hisham Boushkiwat called the closing of Mitiga airport “unfortunate” but said that in the past “some things inside the airport have threatened traveler safety.”
He underlined ongoing nearby militia conflict in the capital as another reason behind the closure, but added that he hoped the airport would be reopened soon.
The airport has been closed in the past, including last week when it was attacked by missiles of an unknown provenance.


Yemeni Army regains control of Tal Al-Khadr in Taiz

The army went through clashes with the Iranian-backed Houthi in the area which resulted in three deaths and 10 injuries to the militia. (File/AFP)
Updated 21 min 53 sec ago

Yemeni Army regains control of Tal Al-Khadr in Taiz

  • Two civilians were killed and wounded from an explosive device planted by the Houthis in southern Hodeidah

DUBAI: The Yemeni army regained Tal Al-Khadr in Yemen’s Taiz province, the country’s national military website SeptemberNet reported on Monday.

The army went through clashes with the Iranian-backed Houthi in the area which resulted in three deaths and 10 injuries to the militia.

Meanwhile, two civilians were killed and wounded from an explosive device planted by the Houthis in southern Hodeidah, state news agency SPA reported.

“An explosive device blasted in a medium sized truck which led to the death of its driver and wounding of the civilian sitting beside him,” a local Yemeni source said.