The inside of a damaged terminal is seen after a shelling at Tripoli International Airport July 17, 2014. REUTERS/Hani Amara
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Fighting between powerful militias battling for control of Tripoli's airport broke out again Friday, just hours after they had agreed a truce, an airport official and witnesses said.The rival fighters are among several heavily armed militia groups who have held sway over Libya since they fought in the NATO-backed 2011 uprising that toppled dictator Moammar Gadhafi.Friday's clashes broke out just hours after the mayor of Tripoli announced that the rival militias had agreed to observe a truce and that control of the airport would be handed over to neutral forces.The renewed violence also came hours after Foreign Minister Mohammad Abdel-Aziz asked the United Nations for help to build up Libya's army and police to protect vital sites such as the airport.Last week, the United Nations evacuated its staff from Libya after the latest upsurge in fighting.
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