Libya islamists resume assault on Tripoli airport

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Islamist militia resumed their assault on Libya's main international airport in Tripoli on Sunday two days after an abortive truce with the rival former rebels that control it, a security official said, Alarabiya reported.

"The airport was attacked this morning with mortar rounds, rockets and tank fire," Al-Jilani al-Dahesh, an airport security official said.

"It was the most intense bombardment so far," he added.

Islamist militia first attacked the airport last Sunday, forcing a halt to all flights.

Their continued offensive has caused extensive damage to planes and airport infrastructure that aviation officials say will keep it closed for months.

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