January 11, 2020 / 9:50 PM / 11 days ago

Libyan forces loyal to Haftar announces conditional ceasefire - spokesman

BENGHAZI, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Libya forces loyal to eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar announced on Saturday a ceasefire starting 00:01 a.m. on Sunday (22:01 GMT conditional on acceptance by their rivals, spokesman Ahmed Mismari said in a statement.

Turkey and Russia urged Libya’s warring parties on Wednesday to declare a ceasefire on Sunday amid clashes and air strikes in a conflict drawing increasing foreign involvement and concern.

Turkey backs Fayez al-Serraj’s Tripoli-based, internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA), while Russian military contractors have been deployed alongside General Khalifa Haftar’s eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA). (Reporting by Ayman al-Warfalli and Hesham Abdul Khalek; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

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