Libya government accepts UN ceasefire proposal

Still, its implementation remains unclear

Libya’s internationally recognized government, which is facing a campaign by eastern troops to take the capital, has accepted a United Nations proposal for a ceasefire during the Eid al-Adha religious holiday, Reuters said, citing a statement released on Friday.

Yet, it remained unclear whether fighting over the capital would actually cease after four months of battle that has displaced more than 105,000 people, according to the United Nations.

The UN mission in Libya (UNSMIL) earlier on Friday called on the Tripoli government and the eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) to allow a ceasefire during the Eid holiday which starts on Saturday and ends on Tuesday. The ceasefire would also include a ban on air strikes, the Tripol-based government said in a statement, citing humanitarian grounds for the move.

Under the proposal, UNSMIL will be responsible for monitoring any violations, the Tripoli government said. There was, however, no immediate comment from the LNA, which started in April a surprise attack on Tripoli which has not made it beyond the southern suburbs.

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