Air forces loyal to Libyan army commander Khalifa Haftar on Thursday targeted Mitiga International Airport in capital Tripoli, an airport official has said.
“The military plane targeted the airport runway with two rockets,” airport spokesman Fawzi al-Miladi told The Anadolu Agency.
Al-Miladi said the airport’s anti-missile system had intercepted the rockets, preventing any material damage.
The Mitiga airport, which lies under the control of Libya’s Tripoli-based government, has been repeatedly targeted by Haftar’s forces over the past two weeks.
Thursday’s airstrike comes hours after the UN mission in Libya declared the bombing of airports in Libya to represent “an obstacle to a peaceful settlement” of the country’s ongoing crisis.
Libya’s warring camps have intermittently bombed airports lying within one another’s territories.
Libya has remained in a state of turmoil since a bloody uprising ended the decades-long rule of strongman Muammar Gaddafi in late 2011.
Since then, the country’s stark political divisions have yielded two rival seats of government, each with its own institutions and military capacities. Vying for legislative authority are the Tobruk-based House of Representatives – which backs Haftar’s forces – and the Islamist-led General National Congress, which convenes in Tripoli.
The two assemblies support two rival governments respectively headquartered in the two cities.