March 28, 2011 / 2:27 PM / 7 years ago

Libyan government announces ceasefire in Misrata

RABAT (Reuters) - Libya’s Foreign Ministry declared a cease-fire in Misrata on Monday, the Libyan news agency said, referring to the western town where rebels earlier said government forces gained control of part of the city.

<p>Libyans loyal to Libya's leader Muammar Gaddafi chant slogans and dance in front of Bab Al-Aziziyah, Gaddafi's heavily fortified compound, in Tripoli March 27, 2011. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra</p>

“The Foreign Ministry ... announces that anti-terrorism units have stopped firing at the armed terrorist groups that have been terrorising,” the Jana agency quoted the ministry as saying.

“The city of Misrata now enjoys security and tranquillity and public services have started to recover their ability to provide customary services to all citizens.”

“The Foreign Ministry thus emphasises Libya’s commitment to the cease-fire: it stands.”

Reporting by Souhail Karam, writing by Adam Tanner.

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