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Libyan Rivals Sign Up to UN-Backed Truce Marking Eid Holiday

  • United Nations hopes halt may evolve into lasting cease-fire
  • Two UN staff reportedly killed in car bombing in the east
Local militiamen, belonging to a group opposed to Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar, stand next to vehicles the group said they seized from Haftar's forces at one of their bases in the coastal town of Zawiya, west of Tripoli on April 5, 2019.

Photographer: Mahmud Turkia/AFP via Getty Images

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East Libya military commander Khalifa Haftar accepted a truce on Saturday for the first time since launching an offensive in April to capture the capital Tripoli, which has spiraled into an increasingly deadly proxy war between regional powers and killed more than 1,000 people.

Haftar’s rivals in the internationally recognized government in Tripoli on Friday had accepted the truce proposed by the United Nations. Haftar’s Libyan National Army said in a statement the truce would last until Monday, but the UN hopes it will be extended and lead to peace negotiations in the North African oil producer.