There was speculation that President Donald Trump’s administration may be consulting Egypt – a strong Haftar ally – and other players in the region, or the Libyan leaders themselves, on how to address the crisis.
[April 14 2019 al-Sisi meets Hifter ]
Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi met Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar in Cairo on April 14 2019 to discuss developments in Libya.
[September 2 2018 Rival militias have been fighting for days in suburbs south of Tripoli ]
Clashes in Libya’s capital of Tripoli have caused a 48-hour closure of Mitiga International airport, the city’s only operational airport.
A spokesman for the state airline Libyan Airlines said authorities closed the airport after some rockets were fired in its direction. Flights were diverted to Misrata airport, which lies 190 kilometers (120 miles) east of Tripoli.
Rival militias have been fighting for days in suburbs south of Tripoli. The clashes erupted on Monday, August 27, and have left at least 39 dead, including civilians, and wounded 119 others, Libya’s Health Ministry said on Thursday.
Though a ceasefire deal was agreed to on Thursday, the conflict reignited on Thursday and continued into Friday.
Tripoli has been at the center of Libya’s seven-year conflict, which began with an uprising that overthrew and killed longtime ruler Moammar Gadhafi. The country is currently governed by rival authorities in the Libyan capital and in the east, each side backed by various militias.
The fighting has resulted in refugees migrating to Europe to flee the conflict, many using fragile boats in an attempt to cross the Mediterranean Sea.
Hifter — whose name is sometimes spelled Haftar, Hefter or Huftur.