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Libya: Fighting Resumes After Cease-Fire Expires

1 MIN READAug 13, 2019 | 13:27 GMT

What Happened: Fighting in Tripoli has resumed after the Libyan National Army (LNA) said it would not extend a cease-fire with the Government of National Accord, AP reported Aug. 13.

Why It Matters: The U.N.-backed cease-fire agreement was fragile from its onset as the LNA accepted only a temporary truce covering just the capital and not the rest of the country. The resumption of hostilities further decreases the chances of a quick resolution to Libya's long-standing political crisis and ongoing civil war.

Background: The parties had agreed to the cease-fire during Eid al-Adha, a major Muslim holiday, but each side accused the other of violating the agreement shortly after it began.

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