Guns blaze as oil burns in Tripoli

Militias’ battle keeps firefighters from airport-area inferno

Posted: July 30, 2014 at 5:40 a.m.

Black smoke billows over the skyline as a fire at the oil depot for the airport rages out of control after being struck in the crossfire of warring militias battling for control of the airfield, in Tripoli, Libya Monday, July 28, 2014. The latest violence to plague the country has so far killed scores of people and wounded hundreds as foreigners flee the chaos. Libya's interim government said in a statement that the fire could trigger a "humanitarian and environmental disaster" in Tripoli, appealing for "international help" to extinguish the inferno.

Heavy gunfire between warring militias prevented firefighters from battling an inferno in Libya's capital Tuesday despite calls for a cease-fire to end the worst violence in the capital since the country's 2011 civil war.

This story is only available from our archives.