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Fighting at Tripoli airport, gunmen surround planes
Reuters ^ | 6-4-12 | Hadeel Al Shalchi

Posted on 06/04/2012 4:40:35 PM PDT by dynachrome

Clashes broke out between rival Libyan militias at Tripoli's international airport on Monday after gunmen drove armed pickup trucks onto the tarmac and surrounded planes, forcing the airport to cancel flights.

In a fresh challenge to the interim government's weak authority, members of the al-Awfea Brigade occupied the airport for several hours demanding the release of their leader whom they said was being held by Tripoli's security forces.

An Italian passenger who was due to fly out and later arrived at a Tripoli hotel described the situation as chaotic.

"There were about 200 of them who came into the airport, they were armed. We were waiting to board our flight and we could hear noises, people shouting," he said.

Leaders of militias which became part of the government's official security forces after the war which ousted Muammar Gaddafi said they had intervened to stop the fighting, in which they said 10 people were injured, without government leadership.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: civilwar; libya
Fun times in libya
1 posted on 06/04/2012 4:40:50 PM PDT by dynachrome
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To: dynachrome

Where’s the TSA when you NEED them???/s;)


2 posted on 06/04/2012 4:42:24 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: dynachrome
I know some (foreign) people have to be in these countries of libya, egypt, saudi, pakistan, etc. One had best be well armed and with the Armed Forces to be there (imho), otherwise best advice is to stay away.
3 posted on 06/04/2012 5:15:50 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
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To: dynachrome

Darn! And the kids had their hearts set on Libya this year.
Oh well, there’s always Yemen.


4 posted on 06/04/2012 5:30:04 PM PDT by Dagnabitt (If I had a failed one-term President, he'd look like Obama.)
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