Libyan government reopens Tripoli airport despite threat of shelling Jan 24, 2020 0 104 12345 Tripoli: Libya’s United Nations-backed government said it would reopen Tripoli’s only operational airport on Thursday, a day after rival forces based in the east of the troubled country threatened to target aircraft using the facility.On Wednesday, the Government of National Accord (GNA) backed by the UN halted traffic at Mitiga airport in central Tripoli, accusing the rival self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) led by General Khalifa Haftar of shelling the airport. Flights have since been diverted to Misrata airport outside Tripoli.An LNA spokesman said later Haftar’s forces had enforced a non-fly zone on Tripoli, including Mitiga, and threatened to hit aircraft using it.The Tripoli government said on Thursday it was resuming air traffic at Mitiga and condemned the rivals’ threats as an “intentional war crime.” “The [GNA] government reminds the international community of its responsibilities towards international agreements pertaining to safety of civil aviation, airports and all civil installations.” In recent weeks, there have been a flurry of global efforts aimed at halting a years-long conflict in Libya.On January 12, a ceasefire called by Russia and Turkey went into effect in and around Tripoli, the target of a months-long campaign by Haftar’s forces. Both sides have since traded accusations of breaches. (DPA) RELATED ARTICLES Libya’s neighbours in talks in Algiers Jan 24, 2020 0 1489 Russian strikes kill 8 civilians in Syria’s Idlib Jan 24, 2020 0 118 Iraq protester gunned down in second night of violence Jan 24, 2020 0 112 At least six Mali soldiers killed in overnight ambush Bamako: At least six soldiers were killed and several were wounded in an overnight attack in central Mali, the army said on Thursday, in fresh violence in the war-torn West African state. The troops came under fire late on .. Tunisia to repatriate militants’ children from Libya: Red Crescent AFP Tripoli A Tunisian delegation travelled on Thursday to Libya’s third city Misrata to repatriate children of jihadists killed in 2016 in the North African country, the Libyan Red Crescent said. Six Tunisian .. Turkey, NATO still at odds over Russia arms deal: Stoltenberg Davos: NATO and key member Turkey have failed to find common ground over Russia’s controversial delivery of a S-400 air defence system to Ankara, the military alliance’s chief Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday. The .. EU condemns northwest Syria offensive AFP Brussels The European Union on Thursday condemned renewed fighting around a rebel stronghold in northwest Syria, demanding an end to “unacceptable” air strikes that have killed civilians. The regime of President .. IS resurgence possible if US leaves Iraq Washington: The IS group is weakened but a resurgence is possible if the United States leaves Iraq, US Major General Alexus Grynkewich, the number two commander for the international anti-jihadist coalition in Iraq and .. World must stand strong against Holocaust-denying Iran: Pence Jerusalem: US Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday called on nearly 50 world leaders gathered in Jerusalem to ensure that another Holocaust would “never happen again” and to unite against Iran. “Today we remember ..