Rockets fired near airport in Tripoli, flights diverted

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The interior of Mitiga airport is seen empty following clashes, in Tripoli, Libya, September 4, 2018. REUTERS/Hani Amara
A man walks inside the empty Mitiga airport, in Tripoli, Libya, September 4, 2018. REUTERS/Hani Amara

Rockets were fired late on Tuesday in the direction of the airport in Libya’s capital, residents said, forcing flights to be diverted, less than a week after the United Nations brokered a fragile truce between rival armed groups in Tripoli.

A spokesman for a faction controlling Matiga airport, the only one functioning in the capital, said there were no casualties or damage.

Libyan channels reported that several people had been wounded by the rockets, one of which landed in the Mediterranean Sea.

Rival groups have been fighting in Tripoli for several days but clashes had been focused on the south of the city.

A Libyan Airlines flight bound for Tripoli from Alexandria, Egypt, was diverted to Misrata, the airport said on its Facebook page.

A spokesman for Misrata airport said that all flights bound for Tripoli would be diverted to Misrata.

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