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Report sent to UN Security Council claiming Chinese drones used in Tripoli missile strike

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

United Nations experts are reported to be investigating missile strikes in the Tripoli area involving Chinese-made drones which they are suggesting were made available to the LNA by the UAE.

The strikes occurred on 19-20 April and were allegedly carried out by LNA forces.

According to AFP, a report from the UN Panel of Experts to the Security Council (which AFP says it has seen) shows photographs of missile debris which the panel has identified as being a Blue Arrow air-to-surface missile.

The report says that only three countries have the missile which is used with the Chinese-made Wing Loong drone: China, Kazakhstan, and the UAE.

This, however, is not the case.

According to Jane’s Defence, Egypt also has the Wing Loong drone, fitted with Blue Arrow 7 (BA-7) laser-guided missiles.

“Probable use of Wing Loong UAV variants by the LNA, or by a third party in support of the LNA,” is being investigated by the experts, according to the report sent to the Security Council last Thursday.

According to the panel’s report, this appears to represent ” a recent non-compliance of the arms embargo as the weapon system reported on has not been identified in Libya before”.

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