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Despite Western Demands, Haftar Refuses to Extend UN Ceasefire in Libya

Despite Western Demands, Haftar Refuses to Extend UN Ceasefire in Libya

Wednesday, 14 August, 2019 - 05:15
Members of the Libyan National Army seen in April. (Reuters)
Cairo - Khaled Mahmoud

Fighting in Tripoli resumed on Tuesday between the Libyan National Army and militias loyal to the Government of National Accord hours after a ceasefire expired in the Libyan capital.

The warring parties had agreed last week to a United Nations-sponsored truce on the occasion of the Eid al-Adha holiday that started on Sunday and ended on Tuesday.

Western and Arab officials had called for extending the truce, but the LNA resumed its airstrikes on Tripoli’s outskirts on Tuesday morning.

Informed Libyan sources told Asharq Al-Awsat that Haftar rejected attempts to extend the truce, revealing that he had held a meeting with his field commanders to assess the progress made on the ground since the LNA launched its operation against Tripoli in April.

Acting US Ambassador to the UN Jonathan Cohen had on Tuesday welcomed the truce, urging all parties to protect civilians and their infrastructure.

France, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, the US and Britain had urged on Monday Libyan parties to reach a ceasefire agreement and resume efforts to devise a permanent political solution to the crisis.

On the field, the LNA announced that its forces had struck militia targets in southern Libya, leaving major losses in terrorist ranks.

Several militants were also killed on the airport road front and a militia commander had surrendered to the LNA.

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