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En islamistisk milits fra Misrata har tilkjempet seg kontrollen over den internasjonale flyplassen i Tripoli. Men det er ingenting igjen av flyplassen.

Månedslange kamper har ødelagt den. En nasjonalistisk milits fra Zintan-fjellene har kontrollert flyplassen siden Gaddafi ble styrtet i 2011. At islamistene vinner sier noe hvem som vinner maktkampen i Libya. Islamistene er mer motiverte og mer hensynløse, også når det gjelder å ofre seg selv.

En interessant detalj: uidentifiserbare fly bombet islamistene forrige natt og drepte ti av dem og såret flere. Islamistene tror det var Egypt og Forente arabiske emirater som ville forhindre at islamistene vant.

An Islamist militia based in Libya’s coastal city of Misrata claims to have seized Tripoli airport from a rival Zintan group.

A Misrata spokesman said the airport was taken Saturday after six weeks of battling with the powerful militia from the western mountains.

If the claim is confirmed it would mean a major defeat for the nationalist fighters who have held the airport since the 2011 fall of longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi.

Two unidentified air strikes hit the Islamists positions in Libya’s capital the previous night, killing at least 10 fighters and wounding many others.  The Islamists have accused Egypt and United Arab Emirates of orchestrating the strikes.

Tripoli’s airport is in ruins after being battered during weeks of fighting.

The violence in Tripoli and Benghazi has prompted several countries to evacuate their citizens and diplomats from Libya.

 

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