Tripoli to reopen Mitiga airport


Libya plans to reopen its only functioning airport Tripoli, closed because of fighting among rival groups, within two days an official said.

On Tuesday, the United Nations brokered a ceasefire between groups fighting for over a week in the chaos-ridden oil producer’s capital. The truce has so far held.
“We expect to resume work at Matiga airport within 24 to 48 hours,” Milaad Matooq, transport minister in the UN-backed government, told a news conference. “It depends on the stability of security.”

The airport was closed last Friday night.

Officials said 63 people were killed in fighting, among them eight children and six women. Around 159 people were wounded.