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Country Report Libya

  • Published: July 2014
  • Region: Libya
  • 25 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit

The battle for control of Libya's main international airport, in Tripoli, has continued unabated, leading to a full-blown political and military crisis in the capital.

More than 50 people have been killed in the past week, and more than US$2bn worth of damage has been caused, according to the Libyan Civil Aviation Authority. At heart the conflict is a battle between an Islamist alliance, led by forces from Misurata and the formally disbanded Libyan Revolutionaries Operations Room, and tribal, anti-Islamist militias, mainly from Zintan. The latter have held the airport since taking it over from pro-Qadhafi forces in 2011. The airport had continued to function relatively smoothly until earlier in July when the Islamist alliance attempted to drive out the Zintan fighters.

The timing of the military campaign, which was launched by Misuratan forces shortly before the announcement of Libya's parliamentary election, may have been deliberate. The Islamists, fearful of losing power through the ballot box, may have sought to create a new reality "on the ground" by taking over the country's main transport hub. They have also felt victimised by a prior military campaign launched in READ MORE >

Country Report Libya

Warring sides vie for control over Tripoli airport
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