Libya's Tripoli-based government rejects Haftar's truce

Fighters loyal to Libya's U.N.-backed government (GNA) fire guns during clashes with forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar on the outskirts of Tripoli, Libya May 25, 2019. (Reuters)

Libya's UN-recognized government Thursday rejected a truce unilaterally called the day before by Eastern Libyan Commander Khalifa Haftar, saying it “did not trust” the announcement made by its eastern based rival.

The Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) said in a statement that it will continue in its “legitimate defense,” attacking “any threat where it exists and putting an end to outlaw groups,” in reference to Haftar's forces, which launched an offensive on the capital in April last year.

A day before, Libyan National Army (LNA) spokesman Ahmed Mismari confirmed Libya’s eastern-based forces will ceasefire for Ramadan, adding that the temporary truce came at the request of the international community and “friendly countries.”

Both the LNA and the Tripoli-based GNA have already said twice this year that they would stop fighting, but there was a sharp escalation in warfare last month.

Libya has been split since 2014 between the GNA in Tripoli and some other areas of the northwest, and a parallel administration based in Benghazi in the east.

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