Libya’s Hafter Declares Ramadan Ceasefire in Tripoli

Says pause was for humanitarian reasons

Claiming it was the result of an international appeal to get humanitarian aid into the area, Gen. Khalifa Hafter, the head of the self-proclaimed Libyan National Army (LNA) has declared a ceasefire for the duration of Ramadan in the capital of Tripoli.

The announcement comes as something of a surprise, as it is amid growing fights in eastern Libya, and fresh off of Hafter declaring himself the ruler of Libya with what he believes is a popular mandate to take over the country.

The Government of National Accord (GNA) had been taking territory from the LNA recently, and this ceasefire might give the LNA breathing room on the verge of losing its presence around Tripoli.

The UN has been calling for a ceasefire, but they’ve been calling for that for a long time, and this is the first indication of any LNA interest after years of war.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.