Rocket fire hit the Libyan capital's sole functioning airport on Sunday, violating a temporary truce between the GNA and forces loyal to Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, airport authorities said. "Mitiga airport has been targeted by fire this morning, the first day of Eid Al Adha," the airport's management said in a statement on Facebook, referring to the three-day Muslim holiday that began on Sunday.
Air traffic was suspended "until further notice", the statement added, alongside photos showing columns of smoke rising from the runway and parked planes. The GNA blamed Field Marshal Haftar's forces for the attack against the airport, and for a separate alleged attack in the Soug Al Jomaa district of Tripoli. "Haftar's militias have violated the truce twice," GNA spokesman Mustafa Al Mejii told AFP.
"The first time targeted a home in Soug Al Jomaa, wounding three civilians, and the second hit Mitiga airport." Located east of Tripoli, Mitiga is a former military airbase that has been used by civilian traffic since Tripoli's international airport suffered severe damage during fighting in 2014.
Mitiga is in a zone under the control of forces loyal to the UN-recognised GNA and has often been targeted. "We have noted the co-ordinates of the rocket fire from zones controlled by Haftar's militias south of the capital" and passed them on to the UN mission in Libya," Mr Mejii said. Libyan TV channels also reported exchanges of fire around the road to the closed international airport on Sunday.