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So-called ‘Tripoli Youth Movement’ claims responsibility over the bombardment of Mitiga airport

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TRIPOLI – The so-called ‘Tripoli Youth Movement’ claimed responsibility over the targeting of Mitiga airport early Tuesday with a missile type Rajame 170, while justifying the bombing with the presence of another militia in the airport, the so-called Special Deterrent Force (Rada’a) affiliated with the proposed Government of National Accord.

In a statement posted on Facebook, ‘Tripoli Youth Movement’ said that the rocket landed near the reception hall this morning and only 10 minutes before the landing of an aircraft. The armed group threatened to bomb the airport during the coming period with a barrage of rockets, as they put it.

The armed group said that it holds Rada’a commander, Abdul Rauof Karra, responsible for this attack stating, “Mitiga will remain an airport for all Libyans and will not be controlled by militias or any force with external ideologies or agendas”.

It is noteworthy that Abdul Rauof Karra, whose militia is based at the airport of Mitiga, was shown in a photo accompanied by GNA’s Fayez al-Sarraj in a meeting of the Ministers of Justice and Interior and Director of the Bureau of Investigations yesterday, and he was referred to by GNA in the context of the meeting as a commander in the Ministry of Interior.

Tripoli recently witnessed violent clashes between rival militias all funded by the proposed Government of National Accord, which resulted in the killing of more than 100 people, while hundreds of others were wounded, displaced, or missing.

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