Humanitarian truce underway in Benghazi, Libya

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A young girl at the Tayuri settlement in Sebha, home to many Tuareg and Tubu communities, Libya © Zahra Moloo/IRIN

An unconditional humanitarian truce in Benghazi, Libya has been agreed to on Wednesday until 7pm local time.

The agreement to end hostilities for a period of 12 hours was facilitated by the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).

Since May, nearly 400,000 people have been displaced in the North African country as fighting continues between rival militias.

Stéphane Dujarric is the UN Spokesperson.

"As agreed with all parties, the Libyan Red Crescent will evacuate civilians from affected areas, remove dead bodies and facilitate the removal of sewage. Civilians can also attend to the injured as well as restock food and other necessary supplies. The UN mission has urged all parties to fully abide by their commitments during the truce."  (20″)

The priority of the UN in Libya is to ensure the country's transition to democracy.

Instability has reigned there since the former president Muammar Qhadafi was deposed in 2011.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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