Skip to comments.Fighting at Tripoli airport, gunmen surround planes
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.
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Where’s the TSA when you NEED them???/s;)
Darn! And the kids had their hearts set on Libya this year.
Oh well, there’s always Yemen.