Libya’s Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), which is internationally recognised but controls only the western part of the country, has announced a ceasefire according to a statement from its leadership as reported by Reuters.
The Tripoli-based government has been locked in conflict with east-Libyan based forces led by a veteran commander, Khalifa Haftar, who launched a 14-month offensive on Tripoli before Turkish support for the GNA forced him to retreat in June.
GNA head Fayez al-Sarraj “issued instructions to all military forces to immediately cease fire and all combat operations in all Libyan territories”, a statement said. Previous efforts to secure lasting ceasefires have stalled.
There was no immediate comment from Haftar or his Libyan National Army (LNA), though the head of an eastern-based parliament that is aligned with Haftar issued a statement appealing for an end to hostilities across the country.
The LNA is backed by the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Russia. International intervention in Libya has deepened since the LNA offensive began in April 2019.