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The Libyan Afriqiyah Airways plane that was hijacked on December 23 interrupted filming of a movie based on a hijacking plot at the Malta International Airport reports the BBC. The film– Entebbe–that stars Gone Girl star Rosamund Pike and Daniel Bruhl is based on the hostage rescue mission carried out by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) at Entebbe Airport in Uganda in 1976. The mission was declared successful, with 102 out of 106 hostages rescued. The film is expected to release some time next year.
The Libyan hijacking incident ended peacefully with the hijackers surrendering with the 111 passengers and seven crew members unharmed. The flight is believed to have been hijacked by two men threatening the pilots with a grenade and rerouted to Malta instead of its original Sabha to Tripoli path. Libyan Foreign Minister Taher Siala said that the two hijackers were supporters of Muammar Gaddaffi and had requested political asylum in the nation of Malta. After the plane landed in Malta at 11:32 a.m. local time, the head of the Maltese military negotiated with the hijackers said sources. An hour later some passengers were evacuated. Malta International Airport has resumed normal operations.
Gaddaffi, former Prime Minister of Libya, was killed in 20 October 2011 during the Battle of Sirte, during the last phase of the Libyan Civil War. Five years after the revolution, Libya remains in a state of turmoil with militia coalition, Libya Dawn (which controls capital Tripoli) and the elected parliament in Tobruk at loggerheads since the summer of 2014. 5,000 people have died, half a million have been rendered homeless and the economy is near collapse according to the World Bank. The ISIS had earlier established strongholds in the coastal city of Sirte and attacked the nation’s oil ports. Earlier this month, the ISIS finally lost control over Sirte after taking over the city in early 2015.