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Tripoli airport resumes operations after brief closure

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The Tripoli-based Mitiga International Airport has been reopened for air traffic after a brief closure, according to the airport administration on Sunday.

In a statement, the administration said the airport was closed as warplanes affiliated with forces loyal to East Libya-based commander Khalifa Haftar were striking targets close to the airport.

The administration denied that the closure came after the airport came under attack, stressing that it came for air safety measures.

According to Anadolu Agency's correspondent, Haftar's air force launched on Saturday air strikes targeting several sites on the outskirts of Tripoli, including the Al-Muz area and the regions of Ain Zara and Tajoura.

Since early April, Haftar, commander of forces loyal to a rival government in eastern Libya, has been launching a campaign to capture Tripoli, where a UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) is headquartered.

At least 220 people have been killed and hundreds injured in recent clashes on Tripoli outskirts, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) on Saturday.

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