Hafter’s LNA Rejects Libya Ceasefire

LNA claims UN-backed GNA is building up forces around Sirte

Khalifa Hafter’s Libyan National Army (LNA) rejected the ceasefire announced by the UN-recognized government of Libya. The Government of National Accord (GNA) announced a ceasefire in a statement on Friday.

Ahmed Mismari, a spokesman for Haftar’s LNA, denounced the ceasefire as a “marketing” stunt and said the GNA was planning a Turkish-backed offensive on the LNA-controlled city of Sirte.

“There is a military build-up and the transfer of equipment to target our forces in Sirte,” Mismari said. The spokesman took aim at the GNA’s Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj. “If al-Sarraj wanted a ceasefire, he would have drawn his forces back, not advanced towards our units in Sirte.”

Libya has turned into a proxy battle for regional rivals, with Haftar’s LNA being backed by Russia, Egypt, and the UAE. The GNA receives support from Turkey and Qatar.

Although it was the US killing of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 that plunged Libya into civil war, it is not exactly clear which side Washington is on in the current conflict. The US nominally supports the GNA, but President Trump has expressed his support for Hafter in the past, leaving allies confused on where the US stands.

Author: Dave DeCamp

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