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Libyan official: Airstrike hits only functioning airport in Tripoli, damages tarmac

  • In this Wednesday, March 18, 2015 photo, Gen. Khalifa Hifter, Libya’s top army chief, speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in al-Marj, Libya. Hifter warned Europe of Islamic State militants’ infiltration to its territories through the North African nation’s long stretch of the Mediterranean coastline, if the West abstained from supporting his forces with arms and ammunition. (AP Photo/Mohammed El-Sheikhy)

    In this Wednesday, March 18, 2015 photo, Gen. Khalifa Hifter, Libya’s top army chief, speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in al-Marj, Libya. Hifter warned Europe of Islamic State militants’ infiltration to its territories through the North African nation’s long stretch of the Mediterranean coastline, if the West abstained from supporting his forces with arms and ammunition. (AP Photo/Mohammed El-Sheikhy)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Wednesday, March 18, 2015 photo, Gen. Khalifa Hifter, Libya’s top army chief, works in his office during a visit by he Associated Press in al-Marj, Libya. Hifter warned Europe of Islamic State militants’ infiltration to its territories through the North African nation’s long stretch of the Mediterranean coastline, if the West abstained from supporting his forces with arms and ammunition. (AP Photo/Mohammed El-Sheikhy)

    In this Wednesday, March 18, 2015 photo, Gen. Khalifa Hifter, Libya’s top army chief, works in his office during a visit by he Associated Press in al-Marj, Libya. Hifter warned Europe of Islamic State militants’ infiltration to its territories through the North African nation’s long stretch of the Mediterranean coastline, if the West abstained from supporting his forces with arms and ammunition. (AP Photo/Mohammed El-Sheikhy)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Wednesday, March 18, 2015 photo, Gen. Khalifa Hifter, Libya’s top army chief, points at a map in his office during an interview with the Associated Press in al-Marj, Libya. Hifter warned Europe of Islamic State militants’ infiltration to its territories through the North African nation’s long stretch of the Mediterranean coastline, if the West abstained from supporting his forces with arms and ammunition. (AP Photo/ Mohammed El-Sheikhy)

    In this Wednesday, March 18, 2015 photo, Gen. Khalifa Hifter, Libya’s top army chief, points at a map in his office during an interview with the Associated Press in al-Marj, Libya. Hifter warned Europe of Islamic State militants’ infiltration to its territories through the North African nation’s long stretch of the Mediterranean coastline, if the West abstained from supporting his forces with arms and ammunition. (AP Photo/ Mohammed El-Sheikhy)  (The Associated Press)

A Libyan security official says an airstrike, believed to have been carried out by the air force loyal to the country's elected government, has hit the only functioning airport in the capital, Tripoli.

The official says Thursday's trike targeted the Matiga air base, damaging the tarmac. It's the only functioning airport in Tripoli after battles between rival militias last summer destroyed much of the Libyan capital's international airport.

There were no casualties in the airstrike. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

Libya's political crisis has left the country with two parliaments and two governments, along with rival militaries and militias. The elected government is based in the country's east while Islamist-allied militias control Tripoli.