UN ceasefire proposal accepted by Libya


Libya’s internationally recognised government, facing a campaign by eastern troops to take the capital, accepted a United Nations proposal for a ceasefire during the Eid al-Adha religious holiday, a statement said.

It was not clear whether fighting over Tripoli would cease after four months of battle that displaced more than 105,000 people, according to the United Nations.

The UN mission in Libya (UNSMIL) called on the Tripoli government and the eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) to allow a ceasefire during the Eid holiday.

The ceasefire would include a ban on air strikes, the Tripol-based government said in a statement, citing humanitarian grounds.

There was no immediate comment from the LNA, which started a surprise attack on Tripoli in April which has not made it beyond the southern suburbs.

UNSMIL will be responsible for monitoring violations, the Tripoli government said.