A member of the Libyan National Army fires a weapon during clashes with Islamist militants in Khreibish district in Benghazi, Libya, November 9, 2017.
CAIRO – 11 August 2019: An armed militia backing Tripoli government breached the brokered Eid al Adha truce on Sunday, reported Libyan National Army (LNA) Spokesperson, General Ahmed al Mesmari.
Al Mesmari told Egypt Today that the LNA forces have the right to respond to the breach of the truce brokered under the auspices of the United Nations.
“The LNA forces responded to Tripoli militias’ attempts to breach Eid al Adha truce in Tripoli city, these armed militias do not recognize the international military rules and codes, and truces for that matter,” added al Mesmari to Egypt Today.
The LNA forces accepted earlier a two-day truce in Tripoli due to Eid al Adha feast.
Al Mesmari has previously said that the LNA put on halt all the military operations in Tripoli city, warning that any attempts to breach the truce in order to secure positions by the armed militias backing Tripoli government will be met by strong response.
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 started in Libya on Saturday and ends on Tuesday.
The ceasefire would also include a ban on airstrikes, the Tripoli-based government said in a statement, citing humanitarian grounds for the move.