Islamist-led militiamen have stepped up their assault on Libya’s main airport, controlled by rival fighters, which the health ministry said on Monday had left at least 47 dead in a week.

The fighting, which erupted on July 13 and shut Tripoli international airport, also injured 120 people, according to figures for the week until Saturday.

A coalition of militias led by Islamist fighters launched an assault on the airport on Sunday, with clashes later spreading along the road to the capital.

By Sunday evening, fighting had subsided around the airport, security official Al-Jilani al-Dahesh said, but clashes continued in the western suburbs of the capital, witnesses reported.

“The airport was attacked this morning with mortar rounds, rockets and tank fire,” Mr Al-Dahesh said.

“It was the most intense bombardment so far.”The European Union condemned a fresh outbreak of violence on Sunday, two days after the collapse of a truce with the militia controlling the airport, which left five civilians dead according to local media.

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