UN investigation into possible involvement of UAE military in Libyan conflict

Libya War
Members of the self-styled Libyan National Army, loyal to the country's east strongman Khalifa Haftar, fire their weapons in Benghazi's central Akhribish district on July 6, 2017, as they battle the last remaining jihadist fighters in the eastern city. Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar on July 5 announced the "total liberation" of second city Benghazi, which was overrun by jihadists three years ago. / AFP PHOTO / Abdullah DOMA

UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — A UN report published by the French news agency Agence France-Presse on Monday shows that international experts are looking into whether the UAE is militarily involved in the Libyan conflict. In April, rockets were fired from Chinese-made drone aircraft, which the UAE army owned.

According to the report, the rockets fired by the aircraft in the southern suburbs of Tripoli on 19 and 20 April were blue-and-blue air-to-surface missiles, based on fragments studied by international experts.

Only three countries – China, Kazakhstan and the United Arab Emirates – have the same type of missiles. They are launched exclusively by unmanned aerial vehicles produced by China’s Wing Long.

“The group of experts is investigating the possible use of variables from the Wing Long flight by the Libyan National Army,” led by Marshal Khalifa Hafer, “or by a third party supporting the Libyan National Army,” the report said.

According to the report, “it is almost certain” that these missiles were not obtained directly by Libya from the manufacturer or from China.

The UAE, Saudi Arabia and Egypt are the main supporters of Heftar, which has been waging a military offensive since April 4 to control Tripoli.

The United Arab Emirates said on Thursday that Libya’s “priority” was to “confront terrorism”, noting that “extremist militias” continue to control the capital Tripoli.

Since Huffer began his assault on Tripoli, at least 432 people have been killed and 2,209 injured and more than 55,000 displaced, according to the United Nations.

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