Libyan airspace closed over Tripoli: Austrian Army
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Last Updated: Tuesday, February 22, 2011, 12:20
Vienna: The airspace over the Libyan capital Tripoli was closed indefinitely, according to the Austrian Army, which sought to evacuate European nationals from Libya on a military plane.

"The airspace is closed until further notice. It was closed less than an hour ago," defence ministry spokesman Michael Huber told yesterday.

A C-130 Hercules military transport aircraft from the Austrian Army was originally scheduled to leave Malta for Libya around 1730 GMT, but it was delayed because only a handful of European nationals had been able to reach the Tripoli airport.

Consequently, "closing the airspace does not have an impact for the moment on the evacuation," Huber added. In conjunction with other EU states, Austria also earlier issued a travel warning for Libya.

Meanwhile, gunfire crackled in the streets of Tripoli and protesters set government buildings ablaze, as the son of leader Moamer Kadhafi warned of a civil war and the death toll was believed to have reached up to 400.


First Published: Tuesday, February 22, 2011, 12:20

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