April 5, 2019 / 8:15 PM / 8 months ago

Tripoli forces retake former airport - minister

FILE PHOTO: Interior Minister Fathi Ali Bashagha (C) speaks during a joint news conference with Foreign Minister Mohamed Taher Siala in Tripoli, Libya December 25, 2018. REUTERS/Hani Amara

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Forces loyal to Libya’s Tripoli government recaptured late on Friday the former international airport in the south of the capital from eastern forces, the Tripoli-based interior minister said on Friday.

“Tripoli (international) airport was fully liberated,” Fathi Ali Bashagha told Libya al-Ahrar TV, adding that clashes were ongoing in the Qasr ben Ghashir area next to the airport.

Reporting by Hesham Hajali and Ulf Laessing; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne

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