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In this image made from AP video on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, plumes of smoke and debris rise from a base of Islamic militias after a MiG fighter jet's strike in Benghazi, Libya. MiG fighter jets, reportedly under the control of renegade general, Khalifa Hifter, struck in retaliation the bases of Islamic militias in Benghazi on Friday, as a coalition of Islamic militias over the past week captured a number of army bases in Benghazi, driving out troops and police and seizing large weapon stores. (AP Photo/AP video)

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Libya's interim government says a day of militia fighting for control of the international airport in the capital Tripoli has killed 22 people.

In a statement early Sunday, it said "heavily armed groups" have shelled "civilian targets" endangering thousands of citizens and leaving hundreds of families displaced. The 22 people were killed on Saturday alone, the latest casualties in fighting that has claimed more than 200 lives in recent weeks.

Libya is in the grip of its worst violence since the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Islamist militias from the coastal city of Misrata have led the assault on airport, seeking to seize it from militias from the mountain town of Zintan. The fighters are mainly former rebels who toppled Gadhafi with the aid of NATO airstrikes.


A criminal evidence building is seen collapsed after an attack by Islamic hard-line militias in Benghazi, Libya, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. Islamic hard-line
A criminal evidence building is seen collapsed after an attack by Islamic hard-line militias in Benghazi, Libya, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. Islamic hard-line militias, including the group accused by the United States in a 2012 attack that killed the ambassador and three other Americans, claimed control of Libya's second largest city, Benghazi, after overrunning army barracks and seizing heavy weapons. (AP Photo) (Uncredited/AP)


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