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LNA planes bomb Zouara civil airport in western Libya

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Tripoli, Libya, August 15 (Infosplusgabon) - Zouara airport in western Libya was on Thursday targeted by an airstrike from fighter planes of the Libyan National Army (LNA) led by Marshal Khalifa Haftar which destroyed hangars housing drones of Turkish manufacture, according to an LNA source that confirmed the resumption of armed clashes after a truce on the occasion of Eid al-Adha festival.

 

Since April 4, fierce fighting has been waged near Tripoli, between the LNA based in eastern Libya and loyal Army troops of the Government of National Accord (GNA) led  by Fayez al-Sarraj and recognized by the international community.

 

The GNA is based in the Libyan capital, Tripoli.

 

 

LNA head of operation, Mohamed al-Manfour, said that "the fighter planes on Thursday morning struck on Zouara airport, used as launching centre of Turkish drones".

 

 

Witnesses observed an airstrike on the city's airport, according to local media.

 

 

On Wednesday, the airport of Maitigua, east of Tripoli, was also targeted as a temporary halt of flights, said an airport source explaining that a plane of Afriqiyah Aiways was forced to land at Misrata airport, 220 km east of Tripoli.

 

It is recalled that the fighting that did not stop during the humanitarian truce from Sunday to Monday at the call by UN envoy Ghassan Salamé, resumed on Tuesday in various fronts around the southern periphery of Tripoli.

 

 

The situation has shattered the hopes of Mr. Salamé and the international community to see this truce turning into a permanent cease-fire to allow a return to the political process in Libya.

 

 

It remains for the UN envoy to see two other points of his plan to end the crisis, namely, an international meeting of countries concerned by the Libyan issue and a meeting of Libyans to complete the political process for a durable solution.

 

 

But the continuation of interference by foreign countries, that hinder a resolution of the Libyan crisis, could frustrate the efforts of Mr. Salamé to organize the two meetings on his plan, according to analysts of the political scene in Libya.

 

 

 

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