Fragile Ceasefire in Tripoli as Ghwell Ousted From Rixos
On 15 March, the Libya Herald reported that fighting between militias in western Tripoli had intensified and spread from Hay al-Andalus and Gurgi towards central Tripoli, with local pro-Government of National Accord (GNA) militias attacking and reportedly ousting Khalifa al-Ghwell and his National Salvation forces from the Rixos hotel compound. There are reports that Ghwell was injured in the fighting.
Haitham Tajouri’s Tripoli Revolutionaries Brigade joined forces with Abdul Ghani Al-Kikli, also known as Ghneiwa, to retake control (of the Rixos), according to the Tripoli operations’ room. Ghneiwa’s Abu Sleem Central Security Force is now reported to be protecting the hotel, which was seized by Ghwell last October in an attempted coup rejecting the PC and the UNSMIL-brokered Libyan Political Agreement.
On the evening of 15 March, the Presidential Council (PC) managed to broker a ceasefire in the capital, calling for the departure of armed factions “beyond the law” within the framework of the Libyan Political Agreement. However, it is unclear whether this ceasefire will be effective, and precisely which militias the PC and its allies want to depart the city.