Scores killed in clashes around Tripoli airport

Sunday 27 July 2014 22.02
The clashes are between rival militia groups battling over the city's main airport
The clashes are between rival militia groups battling over the city's main airport

Two weeks of clashes between rival Libyan militias battling for control of Tripoli's international airport have left more than 97 people dead and 400 wounded, the health ministry said this afternoon.

The ministry's toll was based on casualty reports from eight public hospitals in the capital and its suburbs.

It did not include those taken to medical facilities outside the city.

23 people, all Egyptian workers, were killed in the capital Tripoli when a rocket hit their home yesterday.

The clashes are between rival militia groups battling over the city's main airport.
             
In the past two weeks, Libya has descended into its deadliest violence since the 2011 war that ousted Muammar Gaddafi.

It prompted the US, the United Nations and Turkey to pull their diplomatic staff out of the north African country.