March 4, 2015 / 6:04 PM / in 2 years

Air strikes carried out on Tripoli airport: military

Fire brigade workers clean the runway after an airstrike hit Tripoli's Maitiga airport March 3, 2015.Hani Amara

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Forces loyal to Libya´s internationally recognized government carried out air strikes on a Tripoli airport on Wednesday, hitting an open area near the runway, but causing no major damage, a military spokesman and a source at the airport said.

The strike came after warplanes from the rival government controlling Tripoli attacked an airport in the western town of Zintan.

Libya is caught in a conflict between two rival governments who are battling for control of the North African country and its oil resources.

Reporting by Ahmed Elumami in Tripoli and Ayman Al-Warfalli in Benghazi; writing by Patrick Markey; editing by Mark Heinrich

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