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Airport Libyan city of Benghazi, after three years, reopened

Airport Libyan city of Benghazi, after three years, reopened

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The international airport of Benghazi is Saturday under heavy guard officially reopened for commercial flights. The airport was three years closed because of the heavy fighting in and around the Libyan city and the chaos.

The first aircraft that took off down Benina Airport, went to the capital, Tripoli, Amman, Jordan and Kufra in southeastern Libya.

There are also flights scheduled to Tunis, Istanbul and Alexandria. The transport companies are Libyan Airlines and Afriqiyah Airways, both state-owned. The past months have left there already some military and cargo aircraft.

Benina is located just east of Benghazi, the second city of Libya. In the summer of 2014 escalated the war, when forces loyal to commander Khalifa Haftar an offensive unleashed against jihadists and other enemies.

Victory

Earlier this month, called Haftar victory after his men also, the last resistance in the town had cleared up.

Passengers and airport staff were Saturday at the reopening relieved. Over the past few years, they had a vliegreisje to Labraq, a ride of four hours by car.

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