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Libya’s Tripoli militias boast of Turkish weapons shipment despite UN embargo

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

Forces loyal to the Fayez al-Sarraj government in Tripoli received a shipment of weapons and armored vehicles after announcing that Turkey would help fend off military operation by the Libyan National Army in Tripoli.

The news comes after United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres “strongly urged all countries to enforce the arms embargo on Libya,” saying preventing the proliferation of weapons is important to end fighting and restore stability in the country.

Forces loyal to the Fayez al-Sarraj government published pictures on their official “Volcano of Anger” Facebook page of what appeared to be Turkish-made Kirpi combat vehicles. They also received ammunition and “quality weapons”, the group said in the Facebook post. A spokesman for the Turkish presidency was not immediately available for comment, according to the National.

Turkish amoured vehicles in the port of Tripoli 

The UN had warned of the conflict turning into a bloody proxy war as foreign backers send arms shipments despite the UN weapons ban.

GNA spokesman Mohanad Younes told reporters in May that Turkey and other countries would be delivering military and humanitarian assistance.

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