Libya’s rival leaders kicked off a UN-brokered prisoner exchange, United Nations (UN) and Libyan officials said on Saturday, which was part of a preliminary ceasefire agreement between the warring Libyan groups.
The exchange of a first batch of prisoners, supervised by a joint military committee, took place on Friday in the southwestern village of Al Shwayrif, according to the UN Support Mission in Libya, or UNSMIL.
UNSMIL announced the prisoner exchange without giving details on how many prisoners were freed for each side.
It called for both sides to speed up the implementation of the cease-fire deal, including the exchange of all prisoners.
Fathi Bashaga, the powerful interior minister of the UN-supported government, hailed the exchange in a tweet, attaching photos of released prisoners.
The Tripoli Protection Unit, a militia allied with the capital-based government, also posted a 31-second video apparently showing the prisoner exchange, with an official reading the names of those released. The cease-fire deal also included the departure of foreign forces and mercenaries from Libya within three months.
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