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The rival Islamist parliament based in Tripoli has suspended participation in UN peace talks, claiming new offensives by forces aligned with the internationally recognized government. Both sides claimed that the other initiated hostilities near the key oil port of Es Sider. The US State Department warned "U.S. citizens against all travel to Libya and recommends that U.S. citizens currently in Libya depart immediately."
The internationally-recognized government reaffirmed its support of former Khaddafi General Khalifa Haftar, who was officially reinstated to the army recently. Libya's representative to OPEC has gone missing in Tripoli as of Jan. 15. Over 7000 stranded Pakistanis were airlifted home from Libya and 51 Egyptian fishermen arrived in Rashid Port on Jan. 19 after fleeing Libyan violence. France condemned the attack on the Algerian embassy in Tripoli.
The Libyan army and an alliance of militias around Tripoli have declared a partial ceasefire. The rival Islamist parliament agreed to partake in UN-sponsored negotiations if the talks are held inside Libya. The UN hailed upcoming talks in Geneva while threatening sanctions against warring parties. A bomb thrown at the Algerian embassy in Tripoli from a passing car injured three people. The European Union is angling to end a mission to monitor Libya's borders. Three months of battles between pro-government forces and Islamist militias in Benghazi have killed 600, according to medical officials.
A Libyan Army jet attacked a fishing trawler suspected of carrying gasoline to Islamist militias near Benghazi. The UN began peace negotiations in Geneva on Jan. 14; the Islamist Libya Dawn said that it will ignore any outcome from the meeting, which it is boycotting.
Jihadists allied with the Islamic State claimed they are holding 21 Egyptian Christians captured near Tripoli. Islamist factions have postponed an announcement of whether they will attend UN-sponsored peace talks until Jan. 18. A suicide bombing at a checkpoint near Benghazi killed three Libyan soldiers and wounded two others. Internationally-recognized Prime Minister Abdullah al Thani called for international support of his government and warned of Libya becoming a sanctuary for terrorist groups.
Libya'a rival factions have agreed to attend UN-sponsored peace talks in Geneva. The Italian prime minister has stated that his country would be open to a peacekeeping role in Libya. Five pro-government soldiers and eight Mujahideen Shura Council fighters were killed in battles near the port city of Derna.
The Libyan National Army has acquired four Russian-made Sukhoi Su-27 "Flanker" fighters; the source of the jets is unclear. Turkey has urged all of its citizens in Libya to exit the country after ending commercial flights. The US condemned an army air strike on a Greek oil tanker off Derna that killed two crew members.
Turkish Airlines became the last international carrier to halt flights into Libya, ending its service to Misrata Airport. Thirteen Coptic Christians were freed after having been kidnapped on Jan. 3. Libya's internationally recognized government banned Palestinians, Syrians, and Sudanese citizens from entering the country due to security fears; the government claimed responsibility and apologized for yesterday's bombing of a Greek oil tanker off Derna. The government also asked the international community for arms at an emergency session of the Arab League.
Unidentified aircraft bombed a Greek oil tanker docked in the port of Islamist-held Derna, killing two crew members. The UN has delayed peace talks aimed at reconciling the warring parallel governments. Pro-government forces launched new airstrikes on Misrata and separately attacked Islamists who have been attempting to seize the Es Sider oil port. Islamic State-affiliated jihadists killed 14 Libyan soldiers "on a road north of Sabha, the main city in the south." Reports have emerged that at least 19 Christians have been abducted in Libya, presumably by Islamic militants. France stated it will strike militants leaving Libya for Africa's Sahel region. The Arab League will soon be holding emergency talks on the state of the conflict in Libya.
At least 19 soldiers were killed in a Libya Dawn attack on pro-government forces near a power plant in Sirte. The Islamist group also attempted to seize some of Libya's main oil terminals in al Sidra, firing rockets from speedboats, killing at least 22 soldiers, and setting an oil tank on fire before being driven back.