Benghazi, Libya (AFP) – Rockets were fired at an eastern Libyan airfield used by an anti-extremist general but fell short, the facility’s manager said Saturday, adding that there were no casualties or damage.
Unknown assailants fired four rockets at the international airport just outside Labraq, from which General Khalifa Haftar’s forces launch raids against extremist positions in the east.
The airport, which has civilian and military terminals, has been targeted repeatedly in recent months.
Labraq is some 65 kilometres west of the extremist stronghold of Derna, which was hit on Monday by Egyptian and Libyan warplanes.
The raids were in retaliation for the beheading of 21 Coptic Christians by local extremists affiliated with the Islamic State group.
The town also lies roughly half that distance west of al-Qobah, where IS launched suicide bombings Friday in response to the Derna attacks, killing 44 people and wounding 37, the Libyan health ministry said Saturday.