Algeria suspends Libya flights

Algeria suspends Libya flights

Libyan Wings parked in Malta, awaits clearance to fly to its home base in Tripoli. — Photo courtesy: AIN

ALGIERS — Algeria has suspended flights to Tripoli, a few days after it detained hundreds of Moroccans trying to travel to Libya having arrived at the international airport in the capital Algiers.

Libya has become a regional concern since Daesh (the so-called IS) militants gained ground there and called for foreign recruits, especially from North Africa. Algeria is an important US ally in its fight against armed groups in the region.

The decision to suspend flights to Tripoli was taken by the Algerian civilian aviation authority on Tuesday. No reason was given for the suspension.

"The decision will be effective on Jan. 29," according to a statement from the aviation authority.

Algerian officials did not say when they would resume flights to Tripoli.

The authorities fear that Moroccans entering Algeria to then cross into Libya may be planning to reinforce Daesh group, which has set up a base in the Libyan city of Sirte, security analysts say. — Reuters