Monday, 17/2/2020 | 11:10 UTC+0
Libyan Newswire

U.S. voices concern over attacks on airports in Western Libya

TRIPOLI The U.S. Embassy in Libya expressed concern over attacks on civilian airports in western Libya, as the armed conflict between Libya's UN-backed government and the rival eastern-based army continues.

In my introductory conversations with leaders on all sides I stressed that the United States sees great risk in the escalation of attacks on civilian airports, and if a civilian airliner were struck, this would be catastrophic, U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Richard Norland, said.

The UN-backed government has been engaged in a deadly armed conflict since early April in and around the capital Tripoli against the eastern-based army, which is trying to take over the city and overthrow the government.

A few days ago, the eastern-based army announced targeting Zuwara airport in western Libya and destroying hangers used to store drones.

In July, the eastern-based army announced destroying the main control chamber of drones in Tripoli's Mitiga airport. In return, the UN-backed government announced destroying drones belonging to the rival eastern-based army in Jufra district in central Libya.

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya on Thursday denounced increasing attacks on airports in western Libya.

The eastern-based army, led by General Khalifa Haftar, is allied with the eastern-based government, as the North African nation is politically divided between eastern and western governments.

Libya has been struggling to make a democratic transition amid insecurity and chaos ever since the fall of former leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.