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July 20, 2014

Islamist militia attack kills 49 people at Libya airport

Islamist militia have killed 49 people in the latest attack on Tripoli International Airport in Libya, after the truce at the facility ended last week.

Islamist militia have killed 49 people in the latest attack on Tripoli International Airport in Libya, after the truce at the facility ended last week.

The attack by the militiamen started on 13 July, killing 49 people and leaving nearly 120 people injured.

Tripoli International Airport security official Al-Jilani al-Dahesh said that the battle at the airport ended by 20 July.

"The attack by the militiamen started on 13 July, killing 49 people and leaving nearly 120 people injured."

However, the attacks continued in the western suburbs of the capital.

The continued assault caused heavy damage to planes and airport infrastructure, forcing the airport to close for several months.

Airport officials said that a Bombardier CRJ900 and an Airbus A330 were destroyed during the attack.

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Commenting on the militia mission, a representative from the European Union said: "The EU is concerned about the protracted conflict over Tripoli International Airport and urges all parties to exercise restraint, to abide by international law and to respect civilians.

"The EU calls on all parties to find a peaceful resolution through dialogue and compromise. There is no military solution to the crisis in Libya, so the only option is a political solution and a peaceful democratic process."

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