Libya's UN-backed forces take over Tripoli International Airport

Thursday June 04 2020

Fighters loyal to the UN-recognised Libyan Government of National Accord recapture the capital Tripoli International Airport on June 3, 2020 following clashes with rival forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar. PHOTO | AFP



Libya's UN-backed government forces on Wednesday announced the taking over Tripoli International Airport from the rival eastern-based army, as the armed conflict between the two parties continues.

"Our brave forces completely freed the Tripoli International Airport and are now pursuing the fleeing forces of Haftar (commander of eastern-based army) towards Qasr bin Ghashir in the east of the airport," Mohamed Gonono, spokesman of the UN-backed government's forces said in a statement.

The spokesman added that the UN-backed government forces have launched 10 airstrikes on the eastern-based army in the airport.

For more than a year, the eastern-based army has been trying to take over Tripoli and topple the UN-backed government by leading a military campaign.

The fighting has killed and injured hundreds of civilians and displaced more than 150,000 others, despite repeated international calls for cease-fire.