"The drone, which was attacked by the Libyan air forces at Mitiga International Airport in Tripoli, carried out numerous airstrikes. We followed it earlier and have announced today that it had attacked our troops in the suburbs of Tripoli without causing us damages. After monitoring [the drone's movements], our planes acted in coordination with the operational headquarters and chased it until it arrived and landed at the air base at Mitiga International Airport. It was destroyed by a direct hit", Obeidi said.
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Earlier in the day, the airport said in a statement that its runway had been attacked, but subsequently noted that it continued to function normally after the airstrike.
In April, Haftar launched an offensive to retake Tripoli from the GNA. The army has already recaptured a number of settlements near the capital and Tripoli International Airport, located around 20 miles away from the city. The forces loyal to the GNA announced a counteroffensive, dubbed Volcano of Rage.