The United Nations-backed, Tripoli-based Libyan unity government on Thursday accused the armed forces led by Khalifa Haftar of violating the ceasefire announced a week ago and warned against responding to any threat.
Prime Minister Fayez Serraj announced on Friday last week an immediate ceasefire and the end of all hostilities with the authorities that control the east of the country, which in turn responded with a mutual measure. Haftar’s Libyan National Army (ENL), however, distanced itself from this obligation.
Haftar’s forces accused fighters loyal to the Serraj government of preparing an offensive against the cities of Sirte and Al Youfra. A military spokesman for the Unity Executive, Mohamed Gnounou, denounced this Thursday that ENL troops had fired twelve rockets at dawn at posts west of Sirte.
“The operations command is waiting for instructions from the commander-in-chief to respond to the source of the shooting in the right place and at the right time,” Gnounou said in a statement. The spokesman stressed that Haftar could not be a reliable partner and was in favor of restoring the “kidnapped” cities.