Libya asks France to explain how its arms reached Haftar forces    News   Al Jazeera
Libya asks France to explain how its arms reached Haftar forces News Al Jazeera


Libya asks France to explain how its arms reached Haftar forces News Al Jazeera The UN recognised government seeks urgent answers after Paris conceded its missiles were found with pro Haftar forces. s recognised government on Thursday demanded urgent answers after Paris conceded French missiles were found at a base used by renegade military commander whose forces are fighting to take over the capital Tripoli. Foreign Minister Mohamed Taher Siala has asked his French counterpart Jean Yves Le Drian to “urgently explain” how the missiles “reached Haftars forces, when they were delivered and how”, according to a ministry statement. Haftar in April ordered his self styled Libyan National Army LNA on an offensive to take the Libyan capital from the UN recognised Government of National Accord GNA . The battle is the latest turmoil to rock the North African country which has been caught up in since the fall of leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. Siala also demanded to know “the quantities of weapons, whose existence in Libya contradicts the French government declarations … of support” to Tripolis national unity government. Frances defence ministry, confirming a report in the New York Times, on Wednesday said the US made Javelin missiles discovered in June at a camp south of Tripoli had been purchased by France. But it denied supplying them to Haftar in breach of a UN arms embargo, saying French forces operating in the war torn country had lost track of them after they were judged to be defective. The anti tank missiles, worth dollar 170,000 150,000 euros each, were seized when forces loyal to the UN recognised government in Tripoli overran the pro Haftar base in Gharyan, 100km south of Tripoli. Three of them were shown to journalists, including AFP reporters, on June 29 alongside Chinese made shells bearing the markings of the United Arab Emirates UAE . The French ministry statement did not explain how the missiles were lost and the find is likely to boost suspicions that Paris is backing Haftar on the ground.

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