UAE arming Libyan warlord using covert flights, United Nations panel concludes

Libyan National Army LNAThe United Arab Emirates is behind a “covert air bridge” to supply weapons to Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar, according to a leaked report by a United Nations investigative panel. A war has been raging in Libya since 2011, when a popular uprising backed by the West and its allies led to the demise of the country’s dictator, Muammar Gaddafi. Much of the east of the country is controlled by the United States-backed Tobruk-led Government, which is affiliated with the Libyan National Army (LNA) and its commander, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar (pictured). The LNA is fighting against the UN-recognized Libyan Government of National Accord.

In February of 2011, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1970, which —among other things— forbids the export of war materiel to Libya. The resolution was further-strengthened in 2014 and remains in place today. But weapons keep flowing into Libya. In 2017, it was disclosed that the LNA was receiving secret military assistance from the UAE and Saudi Arabia, in violation of the embargo. Now another report alleges that much of the military assistance to the LNA arrives in Libya via a “covert air bridge” operated by the UAE. According to the Bloomberg news agency, the information comes from a leaked report by a UN panel, excerpts of which were presented to the US Security Council earlier in May.

The report is said to allege that there has been a substantial increase in “secret flights” from airports in the UAE and from the Gulf country’s military airbase in Eritrea. In early January alone, at least 37 of these secret flights landed at Libyan airfields in areas under the control of the LNA, said the report. These secret deliveries were operated by “a complex network for companies”, which were registered in the UAE, the British Virgin Islands and Kazakhstan, according to the UN panel.

Bloomberg contacted the ambassador of the UAE to the UN, Lana Nusseibeh, who blasted the claims as “false” and said that the government of the UAE denied them “in their entirety”. She added that UAE officials would continue to work with UN panels investigating alleged violations of UN Resolution 1970. Bloomberg said it also contacted LNA officials with questions about the alleged secret UAE flights, but received no response.

Author: Joseph Fitsanakis | Date: 19 May 2020 | Permalink

2 Responses to UAE arming Libyan warlord using covert flights, United Nations panel concludes

  1. Daniel Siad says:

    C’est vraiment bien dommage de ne pas respecter le gouvernement reconnue par les Nations unies.
    Sa va être la deuxième base du terrorisme ( Isis et company après l’Irak et la Syrie.
    Tous cela c’est pour détruire l’Algérie qui est déjà intérieurement fragile .
    Comme les Emirates vénère l’Afrique du Nord ,sa serra la nouvelle guerre identitaire ,des Amazigh (berbères ) contre les gouvernements , Libyen et Algérien et Marocain pour déstabiliser l’Afrique du Nord.
    J’espère qu’on pas besoin d’arriver a ce stade. Il faut faire attention avant que sa sois trop tard.
    Je pense que les états Unis avec l Union européenne sont les seuls qui peux arrêter de désastre .

  2. Daniel Siad says:

    It’s a real shame not to respect the government recognized by the United Nations.
    Sa is going to be the second base of terrorism (ISIS ) and With sleeping Al-Qaïda in North Africa ,company after Iraq and Syria.
    All this is to destroy Algeria which is already internally fragile.
    As the Emirates venerate North Africa, its squeezed the new identity war, of the Amazigh (Berbers) against the governments,( Libya ,Algeria and Morocco ) to destabilize North Africa.
    I hope we don’t need to get to this point. The United Nations have to be careful before it’s too late.
    I think the United States with the European Union are the only ones who can stop this disaster.

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