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Libyan Newswire

LIBYA’S UN-BACKED GOVT TAKES CONTROL OF TRIPOLI AIRPORT

Libyan presidential guards say the country's United Nations-backed government has assumed control of Tripoli International Airport.

"Competent authorities have taken control of Tripoli International Airport, with no influence or control of any outlaw group," Najmi Nakoo, the commander of the presidential guards, told a media conference here Thursday.

Nakoo also said the government forces recaptured on Wednesday some military camps and sites in southern Tripoli previously controlled by rival armed groups.

On May 27, violent clashes erupted in southern Tripoli between militias allied with the UN-backed government and a militia loyal to the deposed government of Khalifa al-Ghawil, which, according to the Health Ministry, killed more than 55 people and injured at least 100 others.

Libya has remained in chaos since the 2011 uprising which toppled former leader Muammar Gaddafi. The country is struggling to make a democratic transition amidst political divisions and unrest, as well as dominance of armed groups and militias with shifting loyalties.

Source: NAM News Network

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