Libyan airspace closed over Tripoli: Austrian Army

The airspace over the Libyan capital Tripoli was closed indefinitely, according to the Austrian Army.

Last Updated: Feb 22, 2011, 12:20 PM IST

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.

PTI