Having announced a cease-fire across the oil-rich country, Libya’s U.N.-supported government, on August 21, in an initiative supported by the rival parliament in the east, called for demilitarizing the strategic city of Sirte.
It must be noted that after a NATO-backed uprising toppled long time dictator Moammar Gadhafi in 2011, who was later killed, Libya has been plunging into chaos and since then the country has split between rival east- and west-based administrations both of which are backed by armed groups and foreign governments. The chaos has worsened in recent months due to the intervention of the foreign backers.
The recent development could also lead to a breakthrough after international pressure amid rising fear of a new escalation in the chaotic proxy war as rival sides call up for a possible battle over Sirte. Tripoli-allied forces, backed by Turkey’s support, have vowed to retake Sirte and the Jurfa area.