Haftar's forces declare they will abide by Libya ceasefire deal

Forces of General Khalifa Haftar, the de facto ruler of eastern Libya and head of the Libyan National Army (LNA), announced on Sunday that they would abide by the Turkish-Russian-brokered ceasefire, Associated Press reported.

"They said any violations of the ceasefire by their fighters would be dealt with 'severely'," AP said citing a video statement by LNA.

Fayez al-Sarraj, the leader of U.N. backed Government of National Accord (GNA), said on Thursday he welcomed the joint ceasefire call by Turkish and Russian leaders.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Jan. 8 said that Turkey would do everything in its power to prevent a regional conflict breaking out during his speech alongside his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. 

And, the two leaders called on all fighting parties in the Libyan conflict to accept a ceasefire by midnight on Jan. 12.

Libya is split between the GNA in Tripoli, and the Tobruk government, headed by Haftar. Haftar has led an assault to control Tripoli since April. Turkey backs the internationally recognised Islamist-rooted GNA while Moscow puts support behind the LNA.