Libya’s Mitiga International Airport suspended flights Wednesday after forces loyal to renegade commander Khalifa Haftar declared the capital Tripoli and surrounding areas a “no-fly zone” and threatened to down any aircraft, including civilian commercial passenger flights.

The airport’s administration announced on its Facebook page that flights have been suspended until further notice and were being directed to Misrata Airport.

Ahmed Al-Mismari, the spokesman for Haftar’s forces, said on social media that the forces declared off-limit an area from Giryan, 120 kilometers (75 miles) south of the capital city, to Terhune city, 90 kilometers (56 miles) southeast and to

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