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Battle for Libya airport leaves at least 47 dead

Flames and smoke billow from a plane that was destroyed during fierce clashes at Tripoli's international airport in the Libyan capital, on July 16, 2014Islamist-led militiamen have stepped up their assault on Libya’s main airport, controlled by rival fighters, which the health ministry said Monday had left at least 47 dead in a week. The fighting, which erupted on July 13 and shut Tripoli international airport, also injured 120 people, according to figures for the week until Saturday. The European Union condemned a fresh outbreak of violence Sunday, two days after the collapse of a truce with the militia controlling the airport, which left five civilians dead according to local media. A coalition of militias led by Islamist fighters launched an assault on the airport on Sunday, with clashes later spreading along the road to the capital.

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