Militias loyal to Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar violate truce, target capital

Militias loyal to Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar targeted southern areas of capital Tripoli on Sunday, violating a cease-fire agreed at the end of a conference on Libya in Berlin.

Iran PressAfrica: Several explosions heard in the capital Tripoli shortly after the Berlin summit.

Abdul-Malik Al-Madani, spokesman for the Burkan Al-Ghadab (Volcano of Rage) Operation by Libya’s UN-recognized government, told Anadolu News Agency that the militias violated the cease-fire by launching a random mortar attack on the Salah Al-Din region, south of Tripoli.

While the summit was held with the aim of establishing a lasting cease-fire and initiating a political process in LibyaHaftar militias also launched mortar attacks on Al Halatat during the day.

Since the ouster of late ruler Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, two seats of power have emerged in Libya: warlord Khalifa Haftar’s in eastern Libya supported mainly by Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, and the Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli, which enjoys UN and international recognition.

Libya’s internationally recognized government in the capital Tripoli has been under attack by Haftar since last April, and fighting over the last nine months has killed more than 1,000 people.


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