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Libya, truce celebrated in Tripoli


Tranquility prevailed in the Libyan capital Tripoli after the cease-fire sought by Turkey and Russia came into force.

The ceasefire came into effect from Sunday midnight as the decision was celebrated with fireworks in the capital.

Haftar loyalists accept Turkey, Russia call for ceasefire in Libya.

On Saturday, the loyalist forces of Libyan Pashto commander General Khalifa Haftar accepted the joint call by Turkey and Russia for a ceasefire.

A spokesman for the Libyan National Army of Haftar (LNA), Ahmed al-Mismari, said in a video message that they have accepted the call for a ceasefire, but will respond sharply if it is violated by the other party.

The ceasefire announcement came minutes after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin held a phone conversation, and on January 8th after a meeting in Istanbul called for a ceasefire to take effect on January 12 in Libya.

On April 4, Haftar forces launched a military campaign to capture Tripoli, with the UN-recognized National Reconciliation Government (GNA) launching a counter-operation.

On December 12, however, Haftar issued another order to attack Tripoli, calling the new campaign a “decisive war”, and as a measure against that order, mobilization was announced in ten western cities.

According to the UN, more than 1,000 people have been killed since the start of the operation and more than 5,000 have been injured.

Since the fall of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, two power centers have emerged in Libya, one in eastern Libya largely supported by Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, and the GNA in Tripoli, which enjoys international and international recognition. UN.


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