The only functioning airport in Libya’s capital Tripoli was shut down as rockets were fired toward it on Wednesday.
A statement by the airport’s management said a plane coming from Tunis trying to land at Tripoli’s Mitiga airport had been diverted to Misrata, a city about 200 kilometres east of the capital.
Mitiga had only reopened on January 14 after months of closure following repeated air strikes by warlord Khalifa Haftar. The aerial bombardment has been part of a nine-month campaign by General Haftar’s Eastern Forces.
Supported by Russia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirate, Khaftar has been fighting to capture Tripoli from the internationally recognized government.
Last month, Turkey announced it was sending troops to prop up the internationally-backed Government of National Accord (GNA).
But earlier this month, Ankara and Moscow attempted to broker a durable cease-fire between Libya’s warring sides, but only succeeded in arm-twisting the parties to commence a partial truce.