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Tunisia, Cairo closes air routes to and from Libya

Black smoke is seen in the area of Tripoli's international airport August 20, 2014. (AFP Photo/Mahmoud Turkia)

CAIRO: Tunisia and Egypt's Cairo airport have cancelled all flights to Libya, officials in the three countries said Thursday.

Tunisian aviation officials gave no explanation but Libyan news agency LANA said Cairo airport authorities had cancelled flights to and from the neighboring country for security reasons.

The closure of airspace came after the Libyan government said Monday that unidentified war planes had attacked positions of armed groups in Tripoli fighting with a rival faction for control of the capital.

 

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