The Address | Benghazi – Libya
TRIPOLI – Representatives of the Tripoli Protection Force and the Seventh Brigade reached on Monday a ceasefire deal to end the clashes in the Libyan capital, Tripoli.
The deal was possible through efforts exerted by Bani Walid city elders, led by Sheikh Mohammed al-Barghouthi.
The forces will withdraw from the capital, reopen roads, remove sand barricades and carry out a prisoner exchange.
Fighting between the armed groups erupted last week despite a truce deal four months ago that had halted deadly battles in the city.
Meanwhile, the Libyan National Army (LNA), headed by Khalifa Haftar, announced that it had killed two of the “most dangerous terrorists” during a “sophisticated operation” in eastern Derna city.
LNA spokesman Ahmed al-Mismari identified the terrorists as Omar Jomaa al-Shaalali and Mohammed al-Tashani.
The army is currently waging an operation to eliminate terrorist threats in Derna.
Separately, UN envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame sent on Tuesday several reassurances to local authorities in order to contain the anger sparked over his briefing on the country before the Security Council last week.
He was widely criticized by LNA supporters for “deliberately overlooking the army’s role in combating terrorism”. The Barca MPs bloc in parliament accused the envoy of “disrespecting the victims of the Tripoli clashes and the LNA in the South for liberating it from terrorist groups.”
Clarifying his remarks on the South, Salame said that they led to many wrong interpretations. He stressed that the UN mission in Libya is unyielding in its determination to combat terrorism and protect civilians.