Libya’s Zuwara airport hit by air strikes


Eastern Libyan forces air strikes seriously damaged a civilian airport in western Libya lacking any military use, the United Nations said.

Last week, the eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) force said it bombed the airport in Zuwara, a west of Tripoli, targeting hangars used by Turkish drones.

The attacks are part of a campaign currently in its fifth month to take Tripoli held by the internationally recognised government. The LNA is commanded by Khalifa Haftar allied to a parallel government in the east.

The UN Libya mission (UNSMIL) said it visited Zuwara airport and found no military infrastructure or assets.

“The Mission renews its condemnation of attacks conducted by the LNA forces against Zuwara airport, which caused serious damage,” it said, adding the runway was damaged.

The LNA also flew several air strikes against an air base in Misrata, whose forces are helping to defend Tripoli, residents said.

“Three massive explosions were heard,” said one.

The LNA could not be immediately reached for comment.

The LNA resorted to increased air strikes against Tripoli airport and other targets since its ground campaign failed to make it beyond southern suburbs of the Libyan capital.

Turkey supplied Tripoli forces with drones and trucks to match military support by Egypt and the United Arab Emirates for the LNA, according to diplomats.