Tripoli militia rejects the ceasefire

  • Matteo Latorraca
  • 17.3.2017 10:15

On 16 March, the Tripoli Revolutionaries Brigade (TRB), led by Haitham Al-Tajouri, rejected the ceasefire brokered by the UN-backed Presidential Council of the Government of National Accord (GNA), led by Fayez al-Sarraj, in Tripoli. The militia is one of the biggest in the Libyan capital and has played a major role in repelling attacks of militias that opposed to the al-Sarraj government.  

The TRB scorned the deal saying it would never be happy with “half-measures and formal agreements” that did not represent the wishes of ordinary Libyans. According to the ceasefire agreement, all the armed groups that oppose to Tripoli government shall withdraw from the city and release all the prisoners taken during the fightings. The clashes started on 13 March and have involved rival militias aligned with the al-Sarraj government and Khalifa al-Ghawil, the former Prime Minister of the previous Tripoli-based Islamists National Salvation Government (NSG). Al-Ghawil has tried to overthrow the UN-backed government three times. The situation in the country remains complicated as the so-called Libyan National Army (LNA) backed by the rival Tobruk-based government continues to clash with the Benghazi Defence Brigades and the GNA-aligned Petroleum Facilities Guard (PFG) for the control of the oil ports in the Sirte district.

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