90% of aircraft destroyed at Tripoli airport, Libya may seek international assistance

A charred airplane lies on the ground at Tripoli international airport in the Libyan capital on July 14, 2014 following fighting between rival armed groups. AFP Photo / Mahmud Turkia)

A charred airplane lies on the ground at Tripoli international airport in the Libyan capital on July 14, 2014 following fighting between rival armed groups. AFP Photo / Mahmud Turkia)

(SOURCE)  Libya is considering a deployment of international force to re-establish security amid a flare-up of violence in Tripoli which saw dozens of rockets destroy most of the civilian aircraft fleet at its international airport.

“The government is looking into the possibility of making an appeal for international forces on the ground to re-establish security and help the government impose its authority,” a government spokesman, Ahmed Lamine said in a statement.

Burnt vehicles are seen in the compound of Tripoli international airport in the Libyan capital on July 14, 2014 following fighting between rival armed groups (AFP Photo / Mahmud Turkia)

Burnt vehicles are seen in the compound of Tripoli international airport in the Libyan capital on July 14, 2014 following fighting between rival armed groups (AFP Photo / Mahmud Turkia)

The statement comes after deadly clashes led to the closing of the main international airport in Tripoli on Sunday, which came under a renewed rocket attack on Monday.

According to the country’s government at least seven people have been killed at the airport since Sunday, and around 90 percent of aircraft parked at the hub were destroyed or made inoperable. The control tower was damaged as well as several Grad rockets struck the transit hub.

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“Dozens of rockets were fired at the airport,” Al-Jilani al-Dahech, a security official at the scene, told AFP, while another source said one aircraft took a direct hit. Libya’s main carriers Afriqiyah Airways and Libyan Airlines were damaged in the fighting, a security official added.

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