Libya's internationally recognized government on Friday accepted a ceasefire request from the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), according to a statement posted by the government on Twitter.
Libya's internationally recognised government, which is facing a campaign by eastern troops to take the capital, has accepted a United Nations proposal for a ceasefire during the Eid al Adha religious holiday, a statement said on Friday.
It was not clear whether fighting over the capital would actually cease after four months of the battle that has displaced more than 105,000 people, according to the United Nations.
The UN mission in Libya (UNSMIL) earlier on Friday called on the Tripoli government and the eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) to allow a ceasefire during the Eid holiday which starts on Saturday and ends on Tuesday.
تهنئ بعثة الامم المتحدة عموم الشعب الليبي بمناسبة حلول عيد الأضحى المبارك. وإذ تعبر البعثة عن أسفها بحلول هذا العيد في ظل أجواء الحرب والتهجير والدمار فإنها تدعو الأطراف إلى الرأفة بمواطنيهم وإعلان الهدنة ليتسنى لمئات الألاف من الليبيين الاحتفال بالعيد بجو من الطمأنينة والفرح pic.twitter.com/3jmLJCpswE— UNSMIL (@UNSMILibya) August 9, 2019
The ceasefire would also include a ban on air strikes, the Tripoli-based government said in a statement, citing humanitarian grounds for the move.
There was no immediate comment from the LNA, which started in April a surprise attack on Tripoli which has not made it beyond the southern suburbs.
UNSMIL will be responsible for monitoring any violations, the Tripoli government said.