Clashes between rival Libyan militias fighting for control of Tripoli's international airport have killed 47 people over the last week.

The week-long battle in the Libyan capital began when Islamist-led militias launched a surprise assault on the airport, under control of rival gunmen.

The clashes resumed on Sunday after cease-fire efforts failed. The burned-out shell of an Airbus A330 sits on the tarmac, while inside the airport, closed since last Monday, the fighting has left holes in the ceiling and scattered bits of its roof strewn across the floor.

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July 21, 2014: The wreckage of a burnt aircraft lies on the tarmac at Tripoli International Airport after heavy fighting erupted between Islamist-led militias and rival fighters from the western mountain town of ZintanReuters
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July 21, 2014: The remains of an explosive device lies on the tarmac of Tripoli international airportAFP
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July 21, 2014: Bullet holes are seen in the roof of the arrivals hall at Tripoli international airport after Islamist-led militiamen stepped up their assault on the country's main airport, which is controlled by rival fighterAFP
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July 21, 2014: Libyan Ministry of Transportation Abdul Qader Mohammed Ahmed inspects the destruction at Tripoli international airportAFP

At least three people were killed when a stray rocket hit their house near the airport.

Libya is witnessing one of its worst spasms of violence since the ousting of dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

All the militias fighting around the airport are on the government's payroll since successive transitional authorities have depended on them to restore order.

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July 17, 2014: Fire damage is seen around a luggage reclaim conveyor belt after shelling at the airportReuters
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July 16, 2014: An unexploded mortar shell sticks out of the tarmac at Tripoli international airportAFP
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July 16, 2014: Burnt-out helicopters are seen at Tripoli airportAFP
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July 16, 2014: Flames and smoke billow from a plane on the tarmac at Tripoli international airport. Islamist militias have fired dozens of rockets at Tripoli airport, damaging planes and closing down Libya's main air link with the outside worldAFP
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July 16, 2014: The remains of a plane smoulder at Tripoli international airport after coming under rocket fire for a fourth straight day, in attacks aimed at ousting anti-Islamist fighters who control the facilityAFP