(Adds airport using second runway)
TRIPOLI, March 21 Libyan authorities closed the
airport in the capital Tripoli on Friday after rockets hit a
runway on Friday, officials said.
"Flights were halted but the airport has been reopened using
a second runway," a spokesman for the transport ministry told a
Reuters reporter visiting the airport. The reporter saw no
planes taking off or landing.
"We cancelled all flights," said the country head of a
foreign airline with several daily flights to Tripoli.
Maintenance teams were clearing the first runway of debris,
the spokesman said, adding it was unclear who had fired the
rockets which landed at dawn.
Gunfire could be heard during the night in the capital,
Libya's government struggles with militias that helped
overthrow Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 but which have kept their guns
to demand power, oil wealth and influence.
(Reporting by Ulf Laessing, Hani Amera and Feras Bosalum;
Editing by Catherine Evans)