Mitiga Airport has been closed due to the advance of the Tarhuna 7th Infantry Brigade and the spread of fighting from southern Tripoli to the northern part of the city.
Mitiga is the most important air base in Libya. It was the only safe landing zone when the International Airport was closed for four years and the Foreign Secretary flew there for his Libyan visits last year.
This shows that the current crisis is more than just a “turf war” and could cause the downfall of the US backed Serraj government. Look out for pre-emptive retaliation!
See Chapter 6 of Belfast to Benghazi for my arrival at Mitiga and our meeting in Tarhuna where Libya’s famous wine used to be made.