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Libya: Main Warring Parties Agree to Temporary Cease-Fire

2 MINS READAug 12, 2019 | 14:18 GMT

What Happened: Libya's U.N.-recognized Government of National Accord and the eastern-based Libyan National Army have agreed to a temporary cease-fire from Aug. 11 until Aug. 14, the BBC reported Aug. 11. However, a spokesman for the army has said the group only agreed to a cease-fire in the immediate areas around Tripoli. Further, the U.N. recognized administration has accused its opponent of committing two violations of the cease-fire agreement, whereas the army said the government was breaching the truce through continued shelling.

Why It Matters: Although the two have accused the other of violating the agreement, the cease-fire appears to be largely holding. A temporary truce in Tripoli could provide the Libyan National Army with a tactical boon as fighting in the southwestern region of Fezzan has forced the group to shift its focus there.

Background: The United Nations has been pushing for a temporary cease-fire for the duration of Eid al-Adha, a major Muslim holiday, as the first part of a three-step process to end to some of the fighting between the groups.

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