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Libya repeats plea at UNSC over arms embargo

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Libyan Ambassador to the UN Ibrahim Dabbashi

Libya has once again urged the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to grant an exemption in an arms embargo on the North African country and allow military purchases needed to fight Takfiri ISIL militants.

Libyan Ambassador to the UN Ibrahim Dabbashi asked the UNSC to approve his country’s request from the 15-member council’s sanctions committee, on Wednesday.

“These requests relate to reinforcing the ability of the Libyan air force so that it may be able to monitor Libya’s territory and borders, and prevent the terrorists from reaching oil fields and oil facilities, so that it can protect the fortune and wealth of the country,” Dabbashi told the UNSC.

Libya is seeking to purchase 14 MiG fighter jets, seven helicopters, 150 tanks, 150 armed personnel carriers with machine guns mounted on them, 10,000 grenade launchers, along with ammunition rounds and mortars from defense contractors in the Czech Republic, Serbia, and Ukraine.

The Libyan ambassador added that measures such as allowing an observer to be dispatched to the area to monitor the shipment of arms would be included.

In recent weeks, Libya has been fighting the ISIL militants.

On February 15, ISIL released a video purportedly showing the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians by the terrorist group in Libya. It showed the handcuffed hostages dressed in orange jumpsuits kneeling down along the seashore near Tripoli.

Libya plunged into chaos following the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime dictator, Muammar Gaddafi. The ouster of Gaddafi gave rise to a patchwork of heavily-armed militias and deep political divisions.

Libya has two rival camps vying for control of the country, with one controlling the capital, Tripoli, and the other, Libya’s internationally recognized government, governing the eastern cities of Bayda and Tobruk.

Last month, the internationally recognized government of Libya asked the UNSC to lift the arms embargo on the country, which was imposed back in 2011, when Libya witnessed chaos following the uprising against Gaddafi.

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