Over 50 Dead In Tripoli Airport Battle As Foreigners Leave Collapsing Libya

Over 50 dead in Tripoli airport battle as foreigners leave collapsing Libya (RT, July 27, 2014):

Over 50 Libyan fighters died in exchanges over Tripoli’s airport during the weekend in one of the worst outbreaks of violence since Gaddafi’s ouster. With state authority on the verge of collapse, France and Britain have ordered citizens to evacuate.

One hundred people have died in the battle for the airport, with 400 others believed to be wounded, the country’s health ministry announced.

Over the past two weeks, radical Islamist militias have tried to wrest control of the airport from the Zintan militia, which made its name during battles against former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi three years ago, and has controlled the country’s international gateway since. Airplanes worth hundreds of millions of dollars have been destroyed in the shelling.

The crossfire led to additional casualties on Saturday.

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