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Rival militias in south of Tripoli agree to cease-fire

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TRIPOLI – The Supreme Council for Reconciliation in Tripoli signed on Monday a cease-fire agreement south of the capital between  the so-called Tripoli Protection Force and the Seventh Brigade, under the patronage of a delegation from the city of Bani Walid.

The agreement, which will be signed later by Tarhuna’s Tribal Council, calls for the withdrawal of all weapons at least 15 km from the administrative borders of each area, the opening of roads, the removal of all barriers and the exchange of prisoners, detainees and bodies between two sides.

The agreement confirmed that the security directorates within the conflict’s area-range would secure the roads and its areas, provided that the security members are not attacked. The agreement emphasized on fair settlement of the displaced and ensuring their return to their families.

The terms of the agreement also included lifting social cover for criminals, forming coordination committees for security, prisoners, displaced persons and missing persons.

Last Wednesday, armed clashes broke out between militias funded by the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) in the Qasr Ben Ghashir area south of Tripoli.

The armed clashes resulted in the killing of 16 people and injuring 65 others as a large number of families fled the scene of clashes.

These clashes also violated a cease-fire agreement sponsored by the United Nations Mission in Libya, which was signed last year after a month-long deadly clashes between the same militias in Tripoli late August.

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