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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 12 December 2018

Libya rocket attack kills five on Tripoli beach: health ministry

Libya rocket attack kills five on Tripoli beach: health ministry

TRIPOLI // Five people were killed, including at least one child, when a rocket hit a beach in the Libyan capital, the country's health ministry has said.

Tuesday's blast, which wounded 25 others, hit the beach in front of Mitiga airport in the east of Tripoli. The beach is popular with families trying to escape the heat on summer evenings.

An interior ministry source said there were clashes on Tuesday inside the airport perimeter between security forces and an "outlawed" group, but could not say whether the attack on the civilians was intentional.

Fighting resumed on Wednesday morning, causing the suspension of flights at Mitiga.

Libya has been wracked by violence since the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed longtime dictator Muammar Qaddafi, with rival authorities and militias battling for control of the country.

Tripoli is home to a patchwork of militias, some of which share control of Mitiga and the surrounding area. They occasionally clash in turf wars over the control of smuggling businesses and localised disputes.

Mitiga was badly damaged during fighting between these rival groups in mid-2014.