Although the Libyan National Army (LNA) and its rival, the Government of National Accord (GNA). declared on Saturday their commitment to the U.N. truce during Eid al-Adha, both parties accused each other of violating it following various attacks on Tripoli.
On Sunday, the U.N.-recognised GNA blamed the LNA of shelling Mitiga International Airport, the Libyan capital’s sole functioning airport, and killing three civilians.
The GNA claims it detected that the shelling was fired from LNA positions, and informed the U.N. mission of this violation, spokesperson for the Volcano of Rage Operation, Mustafa al-Majai, told AFP.
This attack has led to suspending flights for a few hours prior to reopening the airspace at the airport after maintenance and cleaning to resume the flights.
Meanwhile, the LNA accused the GNA of breaking the U.N. truce after its armed groups shelled randomly the neighborhoods of Khallet al-Furjan, an area south of Tripoli, to target the LNA that has controlled the area since July 10.
Karama Operations Room said the breach of the ceasefire unmasks the “illegal GNA” and its “alleged army.”
Amid the instability that Libya has witnessed since the beginning of Eid al-Adha, a bomb-laden vehicle exploded on Saturday outside a shopping mall and bank in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi, killing at least two U.N. security staff.
Concerning the escalating crisis in Libya, the Security Council highlighted Saturday during an emergency meeting the continued danger of terrorism in Libya which might exploit the lack of security in Libya to re-establish itself.
The Security Council condemned the violation of the truce that was hoped to lead to negotiations and finding political solution.