Tripoli’s main airport halts flights after shelling, threats

BENGHAZI, LIBYA (AP) — The only functioning airport in Libya’s capital closed after coming under attack, despite a tenuous truce that world powers have pushed warring parties to respect. Authorities at Tripoli’s Mitiga airport said six Grad missiles crashed into the tarmac, prompting the airport to briefly suspend operations. When calm returned, flights resumed — only to be grounded yet again following fiery threats from eastern-based forces laying siege to the capital. As the sole landing strip for the United Nations (UN)-backed government based in Tripoli, as well as its major military base, Mitiga is a strategic target for opposition forces led by General Khalifa Hifter.  More details in Friday’s Borneo Bulletin