UN mission in Libya calls for humanitarian truce in Ramadan

UN mission in Libya calls for humanitarian truce in Ramadan

May 05, 2019 - 20:38
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has called on warring parties to commit to an extendable one-week humanitarian truce starting at 04.00 in the morning of the first of Ramadan, May 06, in accordance with the spirit of the holy month of Ramadan.

The UNSMIL added in a statement Sunday, congratulating Libayns on the coming of Ramadan, that the truce is also in accordance with the Human Rights Convention, which says all parties pledge to halt all forms of military operations, including reconnaissance, shelling, sniper operations, and mobilization of forces.

UNSMIL called as well on all parties to allow the delivery of humanitarian aid to those in need and to ensure the freedom of movement for civilians during this truce.

"The mission encourages all parties to use the truce to exchange prisoners and the bodies of the deceased and expresses its readiness to provide the necessary support in this regard." UNSMIL added.

This call comes as clashes intensify with the entry of a second month and with violent fighting between Libyan Army forces under Presidential Council's command and Khalifa Haftar's forces.

In the meantime, the Head of the Presidential Council Fayez Al-Sarraj and several other officials said time and time again that there can be no ceasefire if Haftar's forces are not either defeated or retreated to their previous positions.