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Libyans celebrate Eid al-Adha in hopes of settling crisis in the country

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Tripoli, Libya, August 11 (Infosplusgabon) - Large numbers of Libyans at dawn on Sunday poured into mosques in cities across the country to perform the prayer of Eid al-Adha, the Muslim festival of sacrifice.


This is after the main belligerents in the Tripoli War agreed to observe a humanitarian truce at the demand of the United Nations, reviving hopes of a way out of the crisis that has rocked the country for years.


Embroidered in their traditional clothes, the faithful listened to the sermons of Imams in which they emphasised the significance of the sacrifice of the sheep by Abraham as an abdication to the divine will, imploring Allah to bring back peace and harmony among Libyans.


At the end of the prayer, the faithful greeted each other, kissing and hugging and asking each other for forgiveness on this sacred day.


The festival comes as the Libyan National Army (LNA) led by Khalifa Haftar also agreed to the ceasefire and humanitarian aid demanded by the UN envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salamé, during the festival. The UN-backed Presidential Council of the Government of National Accord (GNA) announced its acceptance of the truce on Friday.


For over four months, fighting has been going on near Tripoli between the LNA and troops loyal to the GNA led by Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, which has its headquarters in the Libyan capital.


In addition, the UN Security Council held an emergency session on Libya on Saturday night in New York at the request of France.


Members of the Security Council welcomed the proclamation of a humanitarian truce on the occasion of Eid al-Adha, urging the belligerent parties to resume the political process for a negotiated solution to the crisis.


They also highlighted the harms of armed clashes to the living conditions of Libyan citizens and the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in the country, calling on the Libyan parties to respect international humanitarian law and preserve the city for civilians.


The speakers cautioned that terrorism is still present in the country and has been favoured by the fight for the control of Tripoli.


An explosion occurred on Saturday in front of a shopping centre in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi killing three staff members of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya and injuring eight others.


A previous report noted two deaths among UN agents and nine wounded.


The UN envoy in Libya will work in the coming days to implement the other two points of his plan to end the crisis: an international meeting bringing together the countries concerned by the Libyan issue and a meeting between Libyans in order to complete the political process.









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