The European Union launched a military operation to control the export of weapons to Libya and address the countries that violate the international embargo imposed, especially the UAE, in light of its support for years to the war criminal militia, Khalifa Haftar.
European Union Security and Policy chief Josep Borrell told a news conference in Brussels that the union would launch a military operation to control arms exports to Libya.
Borrell said that the military operation will bear the name “IRINI” and its tasks are to monitor the imposition of the arms embargo on Libya, and to combat oil smuggling and human trafficking.
This comes as the the National Accord Government in Libya said that the air traffic tracking program monitored two flights of two military cargo planes from the Sweihan air base in the Emirates to the Al Khadim air base in Libya.
The Air Navigation Tracking Center reported the registration data for the two planes, indicating that their monitoring comes two days after the monitoring of three flights of military cargo planes on the same route from Abu Dhabi to Al Marg in Libya.
The government forces have previously announced the monitoring of numerous foreign military cargo flights that entered Libyan airspace and landed in military bases under the control of the Haftar militia.
These military shipments come at a time when the battles are witnessing an escalation against the backdrop of Haftar militias targeting civilians on the outskirts of the capital, Tripoli. One civilian was killed and four others, including a child, were wounded after targeting two residential neighborhoods in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, with missiles fired by Haftar militias.
Haftar militias violate the ceasefire by launching attacks on Tripoli, as part of a military operation that has continued since April 4, 2019.
Recently, a US report attacked the UAE’s military intervention in Libya supporting the Haftar militias with money and arms to overthrow the internationally recognized Government of National Accord.
The report, published by the American National Interest magazine, said that the situation in Libya is slipping rapidly towards Syrian chaos, while the UAE stands on the wrong side of history by contributing to instability in that African country.
The magazine added that there are other factors besides the local factors that caused the Libyan chaos: the most prominent of which are the interventions of Russia, Egypt, the Emirates, Saudi Arabia and France, along with Haftar.
The magazine said: Libya, like Yemen, has entered among the latest goals of interference in the list of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Abu Dhabi’s de facto ruler, Mohammed bin Zayed.
She added: As is the case in the rest of the region, these governments appear to be on the wrong side of history during their significant contribution to destabilizing Libya in some form of the major game in the Middle East. Indeed, the UAE has established its own military base east of the country, while Egypt has hosted a Russian base.