A provisional cease-fire reached two days ago between Libya’s warring factions appeared to unravel on Tuesday, as eastern commander Khalifa Hifter abruptly left Moscow without signing the agreement.
Libya’s capital, Tripoli, reports emerged of clashes erupting in
several neighborhoods, potentially complicating mediation efforts to
achieve a lasting peace.
The North African oil producer has been gripped by conflict since the 2011 ouster and death of longtime ruler Moammar Gaddafi. In April, Hifter’s forces launched a surprise offensive in an effort to topple the U.N.-installed Government of National Accord in Tripoli.
Monday, Libyan Prime Minister Fayez Serraj signed the cease-fire
agreement drafted by Russia and Turkey. But Hifter, who is aligned with a