Libya Runways Destroyed in Violent Protests

21 February 2011 (Last Updated February 21st, 2011 18:30)

Runways at Libya's Benghazi Airport have been destroyed in violence spurred on by anti-government protests. Egypt's Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit told a news conference in Cairo that passenger planes cannot land at the airport. Reuters quoted the Minister saying: "Regardi

Runways at Libya's Benghazi Airport have been destroyed in violence spurred on by anti-government protests.

Egypt's Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit told a news conference in Cairo that passenger planes cannot land at the airport.

Reuters quoted the Minister saying: "Regarding east of Libya, the Benghazi airport runways have been destroyed. It is not possible for Egyptair flights or any other flights to land in that airport."

At least 84 people have been killed since the protests began in the North African country.

The main focus of the demonstrations against Col Muammar Gaddafi's 42-year rule has been the second city Benghazi, where security forces are said to have attacked protesters.

Egypt and Bahrain have also been affected by anti-government protests in recent weeks.