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Libya’s Defense Minister voices surprise at UNSMIL’s silence toward Haftar’s violations of ceasefire

The Libyan Defense Minister of the Government of National Accord (GNA) Salah Al-Namroush said he was surprised to see the UNSMIL silent toward the violations of warlord Khalifa Haftar’s militias of the ceasefire in their attacks in south Libya.

Al-Namroush said Monday that he was also shocked by the silence of the international community that backs up the ongoing peace process in Libya toward Haftar militias’ violations of ceasefire in their attack in Ubari on Sunday and a week ago.

“I don’t know if the international community and the UNSMIL will just remain silent and will then regard any statements by the GNA as a threat to the ongoing dialogues?” Al-Namroush wondered.

The Libyan Defense Minister also warned that the GNA could withdraw from the 5+5 joint commission agreement if violations from Haftar’s militias continued.

It’s worth mentioning that Haftar’s militias have attacked Ubari twice in a few days. On Sunday, Haftar’s militias attacked the Sabha military zone headquarters but then retreated upon resistance, while a week ago, they attacked civilian houses allegedly looking for wanted persons, destroying a number of houses along the way.

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