Benghazi air space shut over security fears: Libya source
Tripoli. Air traffic has been suspended for security reasons to Libya's second city Benghazi, where the American ambassador was killed when the US consulate came under attack this week, an airport source said Friday, cited by AFP.
"We received orders on Thursday evening to immediately suspend all flights for security reasons," the source told AFP.
3. U.S. drones fly over Benghazi; cause airport to shut
(Reuters) - Libya closed its air space over Benghazi airport temporarily because of heavy anti-aircraft fire by Islamists aiming at U.S. reconnaissance drones flying over the city, days after the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed in an attack.
The closure of the airport prompted speculation that the United States was deploying special forces in preparation for an attack against the militants who were involved in the attack.
A Libyan official said the spy planes flew over the embassy compound and the city, taking photos and inspecting locations of radical militant groups who are believed to have planned and staged the attack on the U.S. consulate on Tuesday.
Militants used anti-aircraft guns to fire at the drones, forcing the authorities to shut the airport because they feared for the safety of passenger planes.