Turkey violates arms embargo on Libya - UN report

Turkey, together with Jordan and the United Arab Emirates, have regularly violated the UN arms embargo imposed on Libya since 2011, AFP reported on Thursday, citing a confidential report by UN experts.

Libya is split between the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli headed by Prime Minister Fayez Serraj, and the Tobruk government, led by General Khalifa Haftar, the de facto ruler of eastern Libya and head of the Libyan National Army (LNA). Haftar in April launched a military assault to seize the Libyan capital.

Turkey has been supporting Serraj while the United Arab Emirates and Jordan are backers of Haftar.

The three countries "routinely and sometimes blatantly supplied weapons with little effort to disguise the source," AFP quoted the report as saying.

Ankara supplied Serraj's forces with military material ranging from armoured vehicles to drones, according to the report.

Earlier in December, Libyan authorities confiscated Turkish-made firearms and ammunition, as well as hunting rifles and ammunition inside containers at a port near Tripoli. Libya and Turkey agreed to open a joint investigation into the consignment.

And the reports revealed that Turkey sent armed drones to Libya following a meeting with Serraj in Istanbul and reiterated his support for the UN-backed government.

Jordan has been accused of having trained forces of Haftar, and the United Arab Emirates is blamed for using warplanes on behalf of Haftar, AFP said.