January 23, 2020 / 3:14 PM / a month ago

Libya reopens Tripoli's Mitiga airport

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya’s internationally recognised government said on Thursday it had reopened Mitiga, Tripoli’s only functioning airport, following almost a day of closure after rockets were fired towards it.

Mitiga, just east of central Tripoli, has repeatedly come under attack in recent months, forcing airport authorities to halt flights for several hours.

The eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA), led by Khalifa Haftar, said on Wednesday that it had shot down a Turkish drone in southern Tripoli.

Turkish officials were not immediately available for comment.

Reporting by Ahmed Elumami, editing by Amina Ismail and Alexandra Hudson

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