TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Angry people gathered in the Libyan capital on Friday to protest against armed attack led by General Khalifa Haftar on Tripoli with the help and support of the Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
The demonstrators also protested against the silence of the international community and the UN Security Council and called on Arab nations to act and stop the Persian Gulf monarchies especially Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates from interfering in the affairs of other countries, as they have spread nothing but “chaos and destruction” in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya and are trying to destabilize several other countries, the Arabic language Libya-Gate news website reported.
According to a report in April, the United Nations is probing allegations that the United Arab Emirates shipped weapons to support a Libyan warlord’s factions, in violation of an international arms embargo, a key official told The Independent.
The UN has been investigating numerous allegations of arms shipments to either of the two sides in the years-long Libyan conflict.
But coming under particular scrutiny by international officials and Libya experts are allegations that the UAE, an ally of the UK, US, and France, shipped weapons to Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar even after the self-styled field marshal declared the head of the UN-backed authority in Tripoli, Fayez al-Sarraj, a “terrorist” and issued a warrant for his arrest and other civilian officials.
Haftar launched a surprise attack on Tripoli on 4 April after making quick gains against militias ruling the country’s lawless south.
The conflict has already displaced 18,000 people and left at least 147 people dead, including civilians.