UN Security Council Meeting Convened Over Situation in Libya

UN Security Council Meeting Convened Over Situation in Libya

UN Security Council Meeting Convened Over Situation in Libya

At least two people were killed when a auto bomb exploded in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi on Saturday, according to local security sources.

The LNA on Saturday announced a truce around Tripoli for the three-day Muslim festival of Eid Al-Adha, after the unity government conditionally accepted a ceasefire called for by the UN.

Haftar's spokesman said the ceasefire was "out of respect for this occasion's place in our spirits.so that Libyan citizens can celebrate this Eid in peace".

The site of the attack is close to offices of the mission in Libya.

Salame said the commitment of the parties of the United Nations -proposed cease-fire in Tripoli "sends an irrevocable message that the blood of Libyans, and UN staff, . was not shed in vain in this heinous explosion".

Footage circulated online shows what appears to be burnt United Nations -owned vehicles, as thick smoke bellows into the sky.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to brief reporters.

The Tripoli-based government on Friday responded positively to the proposal, while LNA spokesman Ahmed al-Mosmari told a news conference in the eastern city of Benghazi on Saturday that they would abide by the cease-fire from Saturday to Monday.

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No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

The UN envoy for Libya, Ghassan Salame, had proposed a multi-day truce for the Eid holiday, which begins Sunday.

Haftar, who backs an eastern-based administration that opposes the Tripoli-based unity government, went on to seize Derna, the last city in eastern Libya outside his control.

The confrontation between the two rival Libyan authorities dangerously escalated in early April, after the forces of the LNA launched an offensive on Tripoli to free it from those whom it describes as terrorists.

It said the ceasefire must be observed "in all combat zones, with a cessation of direct and indirect fire and movement of troops".

It also said the truce must include "a ban on flights and reconnaissance overflights" across the country's entire airspace.

The GNA had also called on the UN mission in Libya (UNSMIL) to "ensure the implementation of the truce and note any breaches".

A May 2018 attack left seven people dead and last month, a auto bombing at the funeral of an ex-army commander killed at least four people and wounded more than 30 others.

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