Libya Tripoli airport BOMBED in air strike - all flights suspended

A crater is seen at the blast site after an air strike at Mitiga airport in Tripoli Libya

Mitiga airport, in the eastern quarter of Tripoli, was shuttered after it was attacked by Haftar's so-called Libyan National Army (LNA).

It took control of the coastal city of Sirte in 2015 but lost it the following year to local forces backed by USA air strikes, and now operates in the shadows.

Serraj's forces carried out an air strike on an LNA position in the suburb of Suq al-Khamis on Tuesday, a resident and an eastern military source said, without giving more details.

At least 35 people have been killed since 4 April, the date of the start of Haftar forces' attack on the Libyan capital, according to new data issued by the Government of National Accord, amid increasing worldwide calls to stop the attack.

Allied groups from Misrata down the coast have been moving pickup trucks fitted with machine guns into Tripoli.

Meanwhile, fighting was underway Monday at Tripoli's former global airport, some 24 kilometers (15 miles) south of the city.

The renewed conflict threatens to disrupt oil supplies, boost migration across the Mediterranean to Europe and scupper United Nations plans for an election to end rivalries between parallel administrations in east and west.

Mr Serraj has run Tripoli since 2016 as part of a UN-brokered deal boycotted by Mr Haftar.

The UN has said that 2,800 people have fled from the fighting near Libya's capital, with the Ministry of Public Health already revealing that at least 25 people had been killed and 80 wounded.

"As of yesterday and today, Monday, Haftar forces have been pushed back and Tripoli secured".

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It was not immediately clear when the two doctors whose deaths were reported by the World Health Organization were killed in Tripoli.

The violence has thrown into doubt a United Nations plan for an April 14 to16 conference to plan elections as a way out of the anarchy since the Western-backed toppling of Gaddafi eight years ago.

The United Nations, United States, European Union and G7 bloc have appealed for a ceasefire, a return to a U.N. peace plan, and a halt to Haftar's push.

Haftar casts himself as a foe of extremism but is viewed by opponents as a new dictator in the mould of Gaddafi, whose 40 years rule saw torture, disappearances and assassinations.

Its elite force, Saiqa (Lightning), numbers some 3,500, while Haftar's sons also have well-equipped troops, LNA sources say.

Analysts say Haftar has swelled his ranks with Salafist fighters and tribesmen as well as Chadians and Sudanese from over the southern borders, claims dismissed by the LNA.

Since NATO-backed rebels ousted Gaddafi, Libya has been a transit point for hundreds of thousands of migrants trekking across the Sahara in hope of reaching Europe across the sea.

Forces backing the Tripoli-based GNA on Sunday announced a counteroffensive dubbed "Volcano of Anger".

A small contingent of American troops has been in Libya in recent years, helping local forces combat the Islamic State group and al-Qaida militants, as well as protecting diplomatic facilities.

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