TRIPOLI, Libya  

Militias loyal to East Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar launched artillery and missile strikes in the capital Tripoli’s Souq al-Juma district early Thursday.

Since early evening, a number of strong explosions have been heard in the area, which is close to Tripoli’s only civilian airport, Mitiga.

Witnesses said Souq al-Juma was hit with many missiles, but there have been no statements issued on whether there are casualties.

Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) meanwhile announced the expansion of a no-fly zone to include Mitiga Airport.

“The LNA General Staff declared the expansion of the previously established no-fly zone in Tripoli,

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