Libya's HoR receives new arms shipment from UAE

UAE sends arms shipments to Libya’s rival assembly despite ongoing UN arms embargo

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The Libya Herald reported on Saturday that a Ilyushin Il-76 cargo plane filled with military assistance landed in Tobruk after departing the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The plane was reportedly carrying four ambulances and 12 armoured vehicles in aid to the “Libyan National Army” (LNA) militia loyal to the House of Representatives (HoR).

Reports emerged stating that Ilyushin Il-76 and bombs for MiG fighter jets were also included in the plane’s cargo.

Last month the UAE is believed to have given the LNA the four Russian Mi-35 helicopter gunships which were delivered to the militia.

The arms deliveries came as the arms embargo placed on all parties in Libya by the UN Security Council continues to remain in effect.

Last month, US President Barack Obama had called on Gulf countries to not "fan the flames of military conflict" in Libya.

"We're going to have to encourage some of the countries inside of the Gulf who have, I think, influence over the various factions inside of Libya to be more cooperative themselves," Obama told the press.

"In some cases, you've seen them fan the flames of military conflict, rather than try to reduce them."

The UAE, Egypt and Saudi Arabia were thanked in a speech by Khalifa Haftar, the head of the Army of Libya’s rival House of Representatives (HoR) assembly, in December for supplying arms to the HoR while it undertakes military efforts to take power in the country.

Egypt and the UAE also took part in air strikes against Dawn Alliance forces loyal to the country’s central General National Council (GNC) administration.

However, more recently Saudi Arabia and Egypt have reduced their military backing of the HoR, throwing their support behind the U.N. brokered peace talks set on creating a unified Libyan government.

TRTWorld and agencies