Libya: Benghazi locals hope GNA-LNA ceasefire agreement ends 'bloodshed' in country

Benghazi locals commented on the ceasefire agreement signed between Libya's warring parties, Friday. The agreement was signed earlier in the day by the delegations of the 5+5 Joint Military Committee, a group consisting of five senior military officers chosen by the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) and five other military officers chosen by Khalifa Haftar, commander of the Libyan National Army. Local, Ahmed al-Fitori, commented on the ceasefire, «As a Libyan citizen and a resident of Benghazi, I welcome this ceasefire which will benefit all Libyans in general and Benghazi in particular. Expelling the foreign fighters and mercenaries from both sides is a good thing.» Faraj Amer, another local, added, «I support Geneva agreement signed today to end the bloodshed and reach a ceasefire and move forward to spare Libyans' lives and reach safety and security.» Hisham al-Ajili, who also lives in Benghazi, welcomed the agreement, stressing, «I think this initiative is a good one and the agreement is welcomed by all Libyans in order to achieve peace in the country and end the bloodshed. As Libyans, we need these agreements for the country to prosper.» The 5+5 Joint Military Committee met between the 19th and 23rd of October in Geneva with the signed ceasefire meaning that warring parties should abandon frontlines with foreign units departing from all Libyan territories within three months. The LNA forces, led by Field Marshall Khalifa Haftar are based in Benghazi, with the parliament in Tobruk, and the UN-backed GNA, led by Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, is based in Tripoli. Libya has been torn by conflict since the ousting of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

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