Libya Airport Crippled in Fighting by Militias

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LibyaAirport Crippled in Fighting by Militias

LibyaAirport Crippled in Fighting by Militias

Q.1

TRIPOLI:The battlebetween powerfulmilitias fightingforcontrolof Tripoli`s airportbrokeout oncemore,justhoursafter theyhadsettledon a truce.Mohammad Abdel-Aziz (thecountry’sForeign Minister) askedtheUnited Nations Security Council to sendout expertsto trainLibya`s policeanddefenseforcesto guaranteetheycan guardairports,oilfields,andotheressentialsites.Theclaimoccurredafter theairportattackandamid theruptureof brutalityacross thecountry,with conflictsbetween rivalmilitiasignitingfearsof ongoingcivilwar.Theairportattackcauseda hitchto theworld’ssecurityandeconomy.Airplaneswereforcedto seekalternative routesas theairportwascloseddown.

Q.2

TheNew York Times, BBC,and TheDaily Starportrayed that thewarwasnot expectedto endsoonat theTripoli’s airport.Warriorsof thewesternmountaincityof Zintan tookovertheaeroplane terminalin 2011, after theuprisingagainst Colonel Qaddafi, whenthemilitaryincludedin thedefiancelefton a distraughtdashforspoils.

TheDaily StarreportedthatseveralZintani revolutionarieswerein theairplaneterminalon Tuesday, safeguarding their turf.In theterminal,someof themcooked supper,planningto breaktheRamadan fasting. On thelandingstrip,therivals usedtanks,mortarshells,andantiaircraft firearmsagainst their opponents:rivalwarriors,includingfrom thebeachfront cityof Misurata, whohadtakenover positionsin thetownand theairterminal(Lamloum, 2014).

Accordingto theBBC,Libya`s governmentwasconsideringcallingforglobal helpto facilitatetherecreationof securityafter deadlycrashesshutTripoli airplaneterminal,disconnectingairlinkswith theglobe(Fitzgerald, 2014).Moreover,accordingto TheNew York Times,thenation`sairterminalwasshutbecauseof thewarin themiddleof liberalandIslamist civilianarmies(Fitzgerald, 2014).

Rocketshadtornthrough planeasylums,wreckingwhatever hadbeeninside.Thewingof a planewaspuncturedby shotsfiredby rebelsandleftfuelspilling on theground.Thecontenders from Misurata heavedmortarchangesagain,over thedividers of theairterminalgrounds.

Thebrutalityhadconnectionsto fighton theoppositesideof thenation,in theeasterncityof Benghazi, wherea generalby thenameKhalifa Hifter announcedthatcontenders faithfulto him constitutethenationalarmedforces,with a missionto vanquishLibya`s Islamist statearmiesandgovernmentofficials.

TheDaily Starreported that thewarat theairterminalappearsto reflecttheunsettledgovernmentalissuesin Libya, wherelatedecisionswererelied upon to returnfewerIslamist legislatorsto Parliament. Likewise, thefightersfrom Zintan claimedthattheir unionwith Mr. Hifter wasthecauseof theassault.An officer,Mahmoud al-Wakwak,saidwithin nolessthan 14 of his menhadbeenslaughtered.With his kindredLibyans groundeddueto their battling, hewasunashamed. &quotWe will not letthem taketheairterminal,&quothesaid(Lamloum, 2014).

Q.3

TheTripoli`s airportattackwasa headliner on manynewsreportssince insecurityis a global issue.However,there wereslightdifferenceson howthesethree articlesreportedon the issue.Accordingto the BBC,their reportfocusedon Libya’s intentionsof seekingtheUnited Nations helpto avoidcollapse.BBCreportedthatLibya considersa callforhelpafter rocketattacks.On theotherhand,TheDaily Starfocusedon therebels’attackon Tripoli`s mainairportandthedamagetheycausedwhileTheNew York Timeswent further and reportedon Libya seekingUnited Nation’s helpandhowthe longtermfeudledto theairportattack.

References

Al-Fitory,O. &amp Fahimjuly, K. (2014 July 15). Libya Airport Is Crippled inFighting by Militias. TheNew York Times.http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/16/world/africa/libya-airport-is-crippled-in-fighting-by-militias.html?ref=africa&amp_r=1

Fitzgerald,M. (2014 July 15). New rocket attack on Tripoli airport. BBC.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-28304004

Lamloum,I. (2014, July 18). Fresh fighting near Libya airport despite truce.TheDaily Star.http://dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2014/Jul-18/264326-fresh-fighting-near-libya-airport-despite-truce.ashx