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Turkish Airlines has suspended all flights to Libya amid mounting security concerns, ending the last foreign airlink to the North African oil producer.
“We stopped flights to Misrata for the past few days. There are some concerns about security at the airport,” spokesman Ali Genc said by phone. “Until security is restored we don’t plan to start flights.”
According to its website the carrier no longer flies to any cities in Libya. Previously, in addition to Misrata, a port city in the west, the carrier had also operated flights to Tripoli, the eastern city of Benghazi and Sebha in the south.
Libya is split between Islamists who control Tripoli in the west and the United Nations-recognized government of Abdullah al-Thinni in the east, whose forces claimed airstrikes on Misrata on Jan. 4.
The country’s isolation has grown as violence spiked and the divisions deepened since the ouster of Muammar Qaddafi in 2011. The European Union barred all seven Libyan airlines from flying in the airspace of the 28-nation bloc in December after Islamist militias had seized the Mitiga airfield, the last functioning airport in Tripoli.
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