Libya's east-based army announces cessation of military action during Ramadan



Libya's east-based army announced on Wednesday cessation of military action in the country during the holy month of Ramadan. "On this blessed occasion, in appreciation and in response to the calls from brotherly and friendly countries that demand an end to the fighting during this holy month (of Ramadan), the General Command (of the army) announces cessation of all military operations on its part, and that there will be an immediate and very severe response to breach of the cessation of the military operations by the terrorist militias (UN-backed government's forces)," the army said in a statement.

The UN-backed government has not responded to the statement so far.

The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Friday called for a humanitarian truce in Libya during the month of Ramadan.

Since the outbreak of the conflict in April 2019 between the rival army and the government in and around Tripoli, the UNSMIL has documented at least 356 civilian deaths and 329 injuries.