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Libya government says it accepts UN-proposed truce in Tripoli

12 August 2019

A vehicle bomb explosion in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi killed two United Nations' staff on Saturday, several medical sources said.

The explosion came as the country's warring parties had accepted a UN-proposed ceasefire to observe the Muslim Eid holiday, which begins on Sunday.

The strongman's spokesman Ahmad al-Mesmari said Saturday that his forces "announce a halt to all military the suburbs of Tripoli".

The Tripoli-based GNA had said Friday that it was ready to accept "with conditions" the United Nations ceasefire.

But the GNA listed several conditions, saying the ceasefire must be observed "in all combat zones, with a cessation of direct and indirect fire and movement of troops".

It also said the truce must include "a ban on flights and reconnaissance overflights" across the country's entire airspace.

Benghazi and the east is controlled by Haftar's LNA allied to a parallel government in the east challenging the Tripoli administration. "The explosion left two people killed and 10 more injured, including a child", the source said.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. A spokeswoman for the United Nations mission in Libya did not answer phone calls seeking comment.

The global agency had called on both sides to commit to a humanitarian truce by midnight on Friday.

In 2017, loyalists of eastern Libyan military leader Khalifa Haftar took over the city.

An attack on the United States consulate on September 11, 2012, killed U.S. ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

He added that this attack will not discourage the UNSMIL nor will it prevent it from carrying on with its duties to bring about peace, stability and prosperity to Libya and its people.

The Libyan conflict has drawn increasing foreign intervention, with Turkey supporting the Tripoli-based government against Haftar, who's backed by Egypt and the U.A.E.

More than 1,100 people have been killed since the beginning of Haftar's offensive against Tripoli and over 100,000 people have been displaced.

Libya government says it accepts UN-proposed truce in Tripoli