Qatar backs UN call for ceasefire in Libya
August 10 2019 10:35 PM
Libyan firefighters extinguish a fire at the site of car bomb attack in Libya's eastern city of Beng
Libyan firefighters extinguish a fire at the site of car bomb attack in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi


The State of Qatar has announced its support for the call, made by the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), for a humanitarian truce on the occasion of Eid al-Adha, and welcomed the Government of National Accord's acceptance of the ceasefire.
In a statement Saturday, Qatar's Foreign Ministry called on the international community as well as the regional and international actors, and various components of the Libyan conflict, to join the initiative and make it a success.
The statement said that the Libyan people, who have suffered the scourge of war, deserve this truce especially since the militias of retired Major General Khalifa Haftar launched their offensive on Tripoli.
The Ministry greeted the Libyan people on the occasion of Eid al-Adha, calling on the Almighty to bring security, peace and stability to all of Libya.
Earlier in the day, Qatar strongly condemned a car bomb attack on a UN mission convoy in Hawari, west of Benghazi in Libya, killing two people and injuring others.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterated Qatar's firm stance rejecting violence and terrorism, whatever the motives and reasons.
It expressed Qatar's condolences to the families of the two victims, and wished the injured a speedy recovery.

AFP adds:
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast, which happened as a UN convoy was passing through the area.
Benghazi, Libya's second city and the cradle of the 2011 uprising that overthrew Mumammar Gaddafi, was hit by years of violence targeting diplomatic offices and security forces after his fall.
An attack on the US consulate on September 11, 2012, killed US ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. 

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