Rival Libyan militias battling for control of Tripoli International Airport Sunday have left at least 47 dead and 120 wounded over the past 24 hours, according to the country's health ministry.
The fighting began July 13 when a coalition of Islamist-led militias from east of Tripoli – including the powerful Misrata Brigades, who played a key role in the ousting of Moammar Gadhafi – threatened to wrest control of the airport from a militia coming from the western city of Zintan. The country's ports, airports, and oil installations are strategic sites for Libyans attempting to control the state.
Sunday's fighting saw the most "intense bombardment so far," security official Al-Jilani al-Dahesh told The Telegraph. The airport's main terminal building was hit Thursday, and air traffic controllers have stopped working, grounding flights across the western area of the country.
Users took to social media to post photos of the destruction.
The oil-producing North African nation has reached out to the United Nations Security Council for help in quelling the chaos, warning that the violence could turn into an all-out civil war.