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Tunisia, Cairo Cancel Flights To and From Libya

  • Reuters

FILE - Egyptian men wait to board their plane to return home, at the Gabes Matmata airport, south of Tunisia Aug. 6, 2014.

FILE - Egyptian men wait to board their plane to return home, at the Gabes Matmata airport, south of Tunisia Aug. 6, 2014.

Tunisia and Egypt's Cairo airport have canceled all flights to Libya, officials in the three countries said on Thursday.

Tunisian aviation officials gave no explanation, but Libyan news agency LANA said Cairo airport authorities had canceled flights to and from the neighboring country for security reasons.

The closure of airspace came after the Libyan government said on Monday unidentified war planes had attacked positions of armed groups in Tripoli fighting with a rival faction for control of the capital.

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