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Two killed as Libya militias fight over airport

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Cairo, July 20 (AP) - A Libyan security official says at least two people were killed when a stray rocket hit their house as rival militias exchanged heavy fire around Tripoli's international airport.

The bombardment resumed early Sunday after cease-fire efforts failed, the official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to media.

The weeklong battle over the airport is being waged by a powerful militia from the western city of Zintan, which controls the facility, and Islamist-led militias, including fighters from Misrata, to the east of Tripoli.

A Libyan Arab Airlines plane was hit by a mortar shell and a column of black smoke could be seen billowing from inside the airport, which has been closed since Monday.