Warplanes hit Tripoli airport before UN talks start

TRIPOLI - Warplanes from Libya's internationally recognised government carried out air strikes on a Tripoli airport, a security official said on Thursday, just hours before United Nations-backed peace talks were due to start in Morocco.

The jets hit an open area near the runway at Maitiga airport but caused no major damage and the airport was operating normally, a security source at the airport said. The government did not immediately confirm the attack.

Libya has two rival governments with armed forces battling for control. Delegates from the two factions are holding UN-backed peace talks in Morocco on Thursday to try to resolve the crisis.