Libyan ceasefire falls apart as rivals go to 'war' again

Earlier this month Gen Haftar allegedly left talks in Moscow without signing a deal

Heavy fighting has broken out, killing at least three people and wounding a dozen others, as troops from Libya's two rival governments broke the fragile ceasefire that was negotiated earlier this month.

The clashes came just hours after the UN mission to Libya decried that there were "blatant violations" of an arms embargo by several unspecified countries present at last week's peace talks in Berlin.

Clashes ensued on Sunday as Gen Haftar's forces advanced 120 kilometres (75 miles) east of Misrata city and seized the town of Abugrein, which was under the control of the United Nations-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA).

Haftar, who controls the east and large parts of the south, began an offensive in April last year to seize the capital Tripoli from the GNA.

Earlier this month Gen Haftar left talks in Moscow without signing a deal. The deal was aimed at ending nine months of fighting around the capital.

The violence began in April last year when Gen Haftar announced an offensive to seize the city from the UN-backed authorities.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned his country would 'teach' Gen Khalifa Haftar a lesson if he resumed his attacks on GNA forces in Tripoli.

The role of international figures in the Libyan conflict has come into focus in recent months, with Turkey passing a controversial law to deploy troops to help GNA forces fighting in Tripoli.

The last 10 days

According to a UN statement, in the last 10 days, numerous cargo and other flights have been observed landing at Libyan airports in the western and eastern parts of the country. It is believed that this is providing the parties with advanced weapons, armoured vehicles, advisers and fighters.

Earlier this month, powerful tribal groups loyal to Haftar also seized several large oil export terminals along the eastern coast as well as southern oilfields.

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