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Tripoli's only operational airport hit by air strikes while clashes rage news

Armed forces under the command of Libya's renegade General Khalifa Haftar have launched an airstrike against the only airport operating in Tripoli as fierce fighting for control of the capital rages.

Mahmoud Abdelwahed of Al Jazeera reported services from Mitiga airport in the east of the city was temporarily suspended after Monday's attack.

"Passengers were asked to evacuate the Mitiga airport after Haftar's aircraft hit the runway," he said, citing sources at the facility. [19659004] "In the vicinity of the airport, civilians were scared immediately after this air raid."

No victims were reported during the airport strike.

Mitiga International's empty airports after have been temporarily closed [Mahmud Turkia/AFP]

In a statement, the United Nations Envoy to Lebanon, Ghassan Salame, denounced the LNA airstrike, which was aimed at the only airport in Tripoli, the is available for civilian purposes. 19659004] "Therefore, this attack is a grave violation of international humanitarian law, which prohibits attacks on civilian infrastructure," he said.

Fatalities rise last week

ordered his self-proclaimed Libyan National Army (LNA), allied with parallel administration in the East, to march on Tripoli, the seat of the internationally recognized Government of the National Agreement (GNA), which is protected by a number of militias.

The showdown threatens to further destabilize the war-stricken Libya, which collapsed into a patchwork of rival power bases following the fall of former leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

It also risks a UN- The National Convergence Conference planned from 14 to 16 April, aimed to negotiate a peace agreement and create a roadmap for long-delayed elections.

[*] [*] Army before it invades and lives years in the United States throws itself as an enemy of "extremism". However, his opponents see him as a new authoritarian leader in the form of Gaddafi.

According to the UN, the heavy fighting has so far displaced 2,800 people.

GNA Ministry of Health said at least 27 people, including civilians, were killed with at least 27 casualties since the start of the offensive.

According to the LNA Media Bureau, 22 of their troops were killed.

The World The health organization also said two doctors had been killed trying to "evacuate wounded patients from conflict areas."

On Monday at the fight was launched. Tripoli Old Airport [Mahmud Turkia/AFP]

Humanitarian Concerns

Maria do Valle Ribeiro,

The Humanitarian Coordinator of the United Nations in Libya said that the disputes over Tripoli had prevented emergency services from reaching victims and civilians and damaging power lines.

Increasing violence also aggravates the situation for the people She warned in migrant detention centers in the Libyan capital.

Prisoners and migrants told Al Jazeera they were "afraid" of what was going to happen to them. Some said they were without food or water. They were taken out of their cells and forced to move weapons.

On Monday, the battle was underway at Tripoli's former international airport on the southern edge of Tripoli.

The decommissioned facility was abandoned since 2014 after serious injury damage during fierce clashes between armed groups.

Activists accuse Haftar of committing human rights violations, with Human Rights Watch said in a statement Saturday that LNA fighters "have a documented list of indiscriminate attacks on civilian prisoners and arbitrary detention."

However, the statement from the right-wing group also stated that militia belonging to the GNA and stationed in West L ibya "also has a record of ill-treatment against civilians".

Al Jazeera and news agencies

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