The battles raged around the Libyan capital, Tripoli, after intense bombing, despite international calls for a ceasefire to deal with the outbreak of the Coronavirus, after monitoring its first case in the country.
The parties to the conflict said that the internationally recognized government of national reconciliation launched attacks on several fronts, including on an air base west of Tripoli.
In response, the Libyan National Army, led by Khalifa Haftar, announced that it had shifted from repelling the attack to taking control of areas near Zuwara, 45 km to the north.
The head of the National Human Rights Commission in Libya, Ahmed Hamza, said in an interview with the “Around the World” program in this regard:
The reasons that prompted the conflicting parties to violate the armistice are mainly due to the lack of commitment of the Libyan parties mainly to any truce, so even the truce that was approved last January with Russian-Turkish mediation has been violated. The main reason for this is due to the lack of mechanisms to monitor the ceasefire, and to determine who the parties are in breach of the armistice, and this opens the door to non-commitment to this, and the use of both parties the opportunity to mobilize their military forces and work to carry out surprise attacks from time to time and accuse each other of responsibility for This breach.
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Prepared and presented by: Imad Tufayli