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Libyan forces loyal to Haftar announces conditional ceasefire: spokesman

People raise a picture of Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar as they take part in a demonstration held by Libyans and Syrians in Benghazi to protest against Turkey's prospective military intervention in support of the UN-recognised Tripoli-based government.

People raise a picture of Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar as they take part in a demonstration held by Libyans and Syrians in Benghazi to protest against Turkey's prospective military intervention in support of the UN-recognised Tripoli-based government.   | Photo Credit: AFP

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To come into affect starting at 00:01 a.m. (03:31 IST) on January 12

Libya forces loyal to eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar announced on January 11 a ceasefire starting 00:01 a.m. (03:31 IST) on January 12 conditional on acceptance by their rivals, spokesman Ahmed Mismari said in a statement.

Turkey and Russia urged Libya's warring parties on January 8 to declare a ceasefire on January 12 amid clashes and air strikes in a conflict drawing increasing foreign involvement and concern.

Turkey backs Fayez al-Serraj's Tripoli-based, internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA), while Russian military contractors have been deployed alongside General Khalifa Haftar's eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA).

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