UPDATE-Flights resume at Libya’s Mitiga airport after hiatus

* UPDATES WITH FLIGHTS RESUME AT AIRPORT, CHANGES HEADLINE

By Walid Abdullah

TRIPOLI (AA) – Air traffic was resumed at Tripoli’s Mitiga International Airport on Tuesday after a short hiatus due to a mortar attack.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, airport spokesman Khaled Bu Ghars said flights have been resumed, without giving further details.

Earlier Tuesday, airport authorities said flights were suspended at the airport after a shell fell on the airport late Monday.

The airport said flights will be grounded “until a further notice” and shared a number of photos of vehicles damaged by the shelling.

Last week, Libyan authorities resumed air aviation at the airport after a two-week closure.

Since August 26, the Libyan capital has been the scene of on-again, off-again clashes between armed groups loyal to Libya’s Tripoli-based unity government and others said to oppose it.

On Tuesday, the “Tripoli Protection Force” — affiliated with the unity government — assumed control of the capital’s southern districts.

Libya has remained dogged by turmoil since 2011, when a bloody NATO-backed uprising led to the ouster and death of long-serving President Muammar Gaddafi after more than four decades in power.

Since then, Libya’s stark political divisions have yielded two rival seats of power — one in Tobruk and another in Tripoli — and a host of heavily armed militia groups.

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