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Ramadan Ceasefire in Libya Ends Recent Surge in Violence

Tripoli government rejects rebel general's ceasefire offer in ...

Gen. Khalifa Haftar, leader of the Libyan National Army (LNA), has agreed to a ceasefire during the holy month of Ramadan.

The temporary truce will interrupt a wave of violence that has rippled through the country as Haftar, who controls the east, strives to wrest control from the U.N.-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) based in Tripoli. The break will also provide some time to regroup for Haftar, who on Monday declared all existing political institutions null and void.

The announcement was immediately rejected by the U.S. embassy in Libya and other international voices, suggesting the general may need to repair diplomatic relations. The truce also could buy him time to reorganize his supply lines following a series of military setbacks.

LNA has cut off power supplies near the capital and attacked the airport and hospitals in recent campaigns, but GNA has bolstered its military counteroffensive. The World Health Organization has complained that the fighting hamstrings its efforts to prepare for a COVID-19 outbreak in Libya.

source: The Guardian

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