The United States Embassy has joined the UN Support Mission for Libya (UNSMIL) in condemning recent attacks by Khalifa Haftar’s forces against Tripoli’s Mitiga Airport and populated neighborhoods in Tripoli.
The US embassy said in a statement on Facebook on Friday that these attacks are particularly reprehensible in that they occurred as responsible Libyans from across the country had been meeting in Geneva, under UN auspices and in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 2510, in peaceful dialogue about Libya’s political future.
This comes after Tripoli had been targeted by Khalifa Haftar’s militias with numerous rockets and shells that fell on Mitiga Airport and several neighborhoods in Abu Salim and Souq Al-Jumua, in addition to Garabulli, where an entire family suffered injuries due to the shelling.
Mitiga Airport suspened flights briefly on Friday morning after the attacks, evacuating the passenger lounge amid a state of panic and horror as rockets hit different locations at the airport, including the runway.
Meanwhile, the UN envoy to Libya warned in a press conference in Geneva of deviation from the tracks that should lead to permanent ceasefire and warned of turning Libya’s war into a regional one.
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