UPDATED: Halt to military operations in Libya during Eid al-Adha, reports of bombing on Mitiga airport

epa02699480 A Libyan pre-Gaddafi era flag is seen as a rebel fighter keeps watch at a check point in the town of Ajdabiya, Libya, 23 April 2011. According to a Foreign Ministry official, after weeks of fierce fighting with Benghazi-based rebels, Gaddafi's forces would withdraw from Misurata and the local tribes would be left to settle the issue, either by force or negotiations. The official said that locals in neighbouring communities around Misurata had given the Libyan Army an ultimatum to finish off the rebels quickly. When the deadline was not met, the tribes vowed to deal with the rebels themselves. Rebels say at least 1,000 have been killed in Misurata, Libya's third most populous city, about 200 kilometers east of Tripoli. The key rebel foothold in western Libya, it has been besieged by Gaddafi forces for eight weeks. EPA/VASSIL DONEV

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Italian news agency ANSA reported that the ceasefire was broken hours after it came in force. ANSA quotes Libyan TV station Al Ahrar that it is reporting a bombardment on Mitiga airport that left three people wounded.

Earlier, the chief of the eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA), Khalifa Haftar, announced on Saturday a halt to military operations during the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday, according to a statement from his forces in Benghazi.

Earlier, The internationally recognised Government of National Accord of Libya (GNA) has accepted an offer by the United Nations for a ceasefire during the Eid al-Adha religious holiday.

The GNA had said late Friday it was keen to “ease the suffering of the citizens and allow rescue workers to accomplish their mission” and would accept “a humanitarian truce for Eid al-Adha”.

But it listed several conditions, saying the ceasefire must be observed “in all combat zones, with a cessation of direct and indirect fire and movement of troops”.

It also said the truce must include “a ban on flights and reconnaissance overflights” across the country’s entire airspace.

The GNA also called on the UN mission in Libya (UNSMIL) to “ensure the implementation of the truce and note any breaches”.


Via Reuters/ Al Jazeera /ANSA

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