Libya : a ceasefire agreement reached, UN confirmed

A ceasefire agreement signed in Tripoli to stop all kind of aggression and hostilities. © Photo: RR

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Casablanca (ADV) – Rival militia factions that have been fighting in Libya’s capital Tripoli for the past week have agreed a ceasefire, the United Nations says.

At least 47 people have been killed and 1,800 families internally displaced by the violence, officials say.

Last week, a ceasefire deal announced by officials from western cities only held for a few hours.

A UN-backed government is nominally in power in the capital, but militias occupy much of the rest of the country.

“Under the auspices of [UN envoy Ghassan Salame], a ceasefire agreement was reached and signed today to end all hostilities, protect civilians, safeguard public and private property,” the Unsmil mission said.

The ceasefire also provides for the reopening of the capital’s only functioning airport, Mitiga, which has been closed since 31 August due to the clashes.

The agreement “does not aim to fix all the Libyan capital’s security problems; it seeks to agree on a broader framework on the way to start addressing these issues,” the mission said.

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