Libyan Army Inspects Suspected Arms Shipment from Qatar

Libyan Army Inspects Suspected Arms Shipment from Qatar

Wednesday, 11 July, 2018 - 08:15
A member of the Libyan coast guard conducts a daily routine check on one of the patrol boats in Tripoli, Libya. (Reuters)
Cairo - Khaled Mahmoud
The Libyan National Army is verifying reports that a ship, loaded with weapons provided by Qatar to terrorists, had docked at the al-Khums port east of the capital Tripoli.

LNA spokesman Ahmed al-Mismari told Asharq Al-Awsat: “We are investigating any suspicious activity that may pose a security threat, provide support to terrorists or deepen the Libyan crisis.”

“We are checking whether the ship may have sailed from Qatar. We cannot confirm its source as of yet,” he added.

Security sources at Khums port said that the ship had arrived from Bulgaria and was carrying many types of heavy weapons.

Its wheat shipment was used as a cover to hide this illicit activity.

Port authorities have since seized the vessel and its cargo.

Separately, the military operation room that is protecting oil fields announced that its forces have encircled a terrorist group that had breached the area two days ago.

The group had entered an oil field belonging to the Harouge company in the eastern city of Zella.

In addition, the military forces announced that they went on alert after receiving information that pro-ISIS groups were gathering their fighters in an area that is located far from the oil fields.

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