The Tripoli based GNA authorities at Misrata airport seized a Libyan Airlines craft that was operating from LNA-held Benghazi's Benina airport. The plane flew into the main airport near Tripoli for maintenance. According to the airline's Benghazi spokesperson, this was the only Libyan Airlines plane operating out of eastern Benghazi. The seizure, he noted, is causing serious disruption as the plane operates three international flights daily from Benghazi.
The airplane was stopped by GNA authorities after the maintenance issues were concluded. An LNA spokesman warned that the craft must be returned or it could lead to "escalatory measures in their airspace".
The head of the Libyan National Struggle Front - LNSF - and cousin of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, rejects the International Criminal Court's demand to bring him to trial at the Hague. Saif al-Islam was held by a militia in Zintan, and released in 2017. He has not been seen in public since, but is believed to be in the Zintan area.
Saif al-Islam is wanted on war crimes charges for his role in trying to suppress the 2011 revolution against his father's regime. Libya's Tripoli government approved the ICC request to hand over Gaddafi to the court to face war crimes charges.
LNSF head, Ahmed Gaddaf al-Dam, a cousin of Gaddafi, rejected the demand , indicating that the GNA's acquiescence to the ICC is no different than those Libyans who wanted NATO to attack Libya in 2011, constituting a betrayal of the country.
GNA Justice Minister Mohamed Lamloum, who heads the camp that insists on turning over Gaddafi, noted that the conditions for amnesty do not apply, since the accused has not sought to apologise, reconcile with the victims or get pardons from their relatives. Those defending Gaddafi described turning him over to the ICC as a "humiliation to the Libyan people" and that the ICC case is based on a political and not legal decision of the UN Security Council, and therefore is not valid. They added that Saif al-Islam did not hold any official position in the previous regime.
After having been closed for 2 months due to the conflict, Tripoli's international airport is set to resume operations. Libya's (GNA) transport minister Milad Maatoug announced this past week (Oct 29) at a press conference with UN envoy Ghassan Salame that the airport would reopen, but not fully resume operations.
The airport has been targeted by LNA air strikes and artillery fire throughout the fighting renewed since April. A rocket attack on September 1 on the airport wounded 4 people, forcing Libyan authorities to divert flights to Misrata airport.
LNA forces, in response, accused the GNA of using Mitiga airport for military purposes, specifically launching Turkish attack drones from the site.
Fighting continues in Libya with heavy clashes reported between GNA and LNA forces around Tripoli. The stalemate that has developed around the capital has led both sides to seek increased foreign involvement, making it deadlier than before.
According to Al-Jazeera, the heads of both parties seem to rule out any sort of compromise thus far. Pro-GNA militias are demanding a no-fly zone be imposed by the United Nations. One GNA fighter was convinced that without foreign air support, Haftar would lose quickly.
Haftar has said in the past he is willing to come to a political solution with the Tripoli government, but only once the various militias based there, and who back the GNA, leave. GNA officials, on the other hand, demand they too seek dialogue but only once Haftar pulls his forces out of the area.
The various international powers are expected to convene a conference meant to end the fighting by the end of 2019, including persuading foreign powers Turkey, the UAE and Egypt to roll back their support for the two sides, help de-escalate as well as work to end human trafficking and resume oil supplies.