The U.K. Guardian on Wednesday published the results of a joint investigation with journalism website Bellingcat and the Lighthouse Reports nonprofit group into Libyan arms sales.
The investigators accused Turkey and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) of committing “increasingly blatant violations of the U.N. arms embargo on Libya.”
The report cited “flight data and satellite images” that appeared to show large military cargo planes from both Turkey and the UAE delivering personnel and equipment to various forces inside Libya. Turkey supports the internationally-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) based in Tripoli, while the UAE supports the GNA’s adversary Gen. Khalifa Haftar and the House of Representatives (HOR), a rival power structure based in Tobruk.
Libya has been under a U.N. arms embargo since 2011. The Guardian reported a U.N. panel of experts will soon release a similar report on violations of the embargo, which an anonymous diplomat described as “totally