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21 Mar 2020 | 08:31 PM UTC

Libya: GNA and LNA both voice support for a ceasefire March 21

Leaders from the Government of National Accords (GNA) and the Libyan National Army (LNA) both issue statements on March 21 supporting a ceasefire to focus on the global coronavirus epidemic

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Event

The Government of National Accords (GNA) in Tripoli and the Libyan National Army (LNA) both issued statements on Saturday, March 21, voicing support for a ceasefire to allow the country to focus on preventing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) into the country. GNA Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj has reportedly “endorsed an immediate humanitarian cessation of hostilities to allow local authorities to come together in response to the unprecedented public health challenge posed by COVID-19." Later in the day, Major General Ahmed Mismari said that the LNA would also commit to a ceasefire. Members of the international community, including the US and Italy, also released statements, welcoming the decision by both sides to suspend hostilities.

Context

As of March 21, no cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Libya.

The Libyan National Army (LNA) launched an offensive on Tripoli on April 4, 2019, and prompted evacuations of foreigners from Tripoli on April 7, 2019. LNA and Government of National Accord (GNA) airstrikes have been sporadically reported since April 8, 2019. The bulk of recent fighting has been concentrated in the southern suburbs of the capital.

Advice

The security environment in Libya remains complex. Although travel is possible in some areas (with appropriate security protocols in place), other areas should be considered strictly off-limits. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.