Armed militia seizes Tripoli International Airport

Tripoli's international airport was overrun by the Al-Awfya militia of Libyan ex-rebels who surrounded planes with tanks, grounding all flights
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An unidentified armed man walks towards the arrivals hall inside Tripoli's international airport on June 4, 2012 after it was overrun by the Al-Awfya militia of Libyan ex-rebels who surrounded planes with tanks, grounding all flights following their leader's apparent arrest, according to officials. The official Lana news agency, citing witnesses, confirmed the 'assault' by gunmen who fired into the air and slightly wounded an airport employee, causing panic among travellers. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Unidentified armed men stand next to an Etihad passenger plane from Abu Dhabi on the tarmac of Tripoli International Airport after members of the Al-Awfya militia of Libyan ex-rebels members seized control of the Libyan capital's airport on June 4, 2012, surrounding planes with tanks and grounding all flights following their leader's apparent arrest. The official Lana news agency, citing witnesses, confirmed the 'assault' by gunmen who fired into the air and slightly wounded an airport employee, causing panic among travellers. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Libyan government forces arrive at Tripoli international airport to join in negotiations with the Al-Awfya brigade that overran the airport few hours earlier on June 4, 2012. The militia of Libyan ex-rebels seized control of the airport, surrounding planes with tanks and grounding all flights after their leader's apparent arrest, officials said. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Libyan government forces secure the entrance to Tripoli international airport after it was overrun by Al-Awfya brigade earlier on June 4, 2012. The militia of Libyan ex-rebels seized control of the airport, surrounding planes with tanks and grounding all flights after their leader's apparent arrest, officials said. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Unidentified armed men walk towards Tripoli's international airport on June 4, 2012 after it was overrun by the Al-Awfya militia of Libyan ex-rebels who surrounded planes with tanks, grounding all flights following their leader's apparent arrest. The official Lana news agency, citing witnesses, confirmed the 'assault' by gunmen who fired into the air and slightly wounded an airport employee, causing panic among travellers. (AFP/Getty Images)
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A general view shows Tripoli's international airport on June 4, 2012 following news that it was overrun by the Al-Awfya militia of Libyan ex-rebels after their leader's apparent arrest. The official Lana news agency, citing witnesses, confirmed the 'assault' by gunmen who fired into the air and slightly wounded an airport employee, causing panic among travellers. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Libyans wait at a terminal inside Tripoli's international airport on June 4, 2012 following news that it was overrun by the Al-Awfya militia of Libyan ex-rebels after their leader's apparent arrest. The official Lana news agency, citing witnesses, confirmed the 'assault' by gunmen who fired into the air and slightly wounded an airport employee, causing panic among travellers. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Libyan interim government Deputy interior minister Omar al-Khadrawi gives a press conference on June 4, 2012 in Tripoli. A militia of Libyan ex-rebels seized the runway of Tripoli International airport on Monday, surrounding planes and grounding all flights after their leader's apparent arrest, officials said. It took until evening for the authorities to regain control of the airport when loyalist forces stormed it after negotiations with the militiamen broke down, deputy interior minister Omar al-Khadrawi told journalists. (AFP/Getty Images)