ROME (AP) — The European Union maritime pressure imposing the U.N. arms embargo on Libya mentioned Thursday it intercepted and redirected a tanker headed for Libya after figuring out it was carrying jet gas in doable violation of the ban.
The MV Royal Diamond 7 was en route Thursday from Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, to Benghazi, Libya, when members of the EU pressure’s Operation Irini boarded the ship 150 kilometers north of the Libyan metropolis of Derna, the EU pressure mentioned.
Simply this week, U.N. consultants accused the combatants in Libya and their worldwide backers — together with the UAE, Russia and Jordan on one aspect, and Turkey and Qatar on the opposite — of sending weapons and mercenaries to Libya in violation of the “completely ineffective” U.N. embargo.
An announcement from the EU mission mentioned its inspection aboard the Marshall Islands-flagged MV Royal Diamond 7 decided the cargo was jet gas, which it mentioned was “doubtless” for use for army functions.
The mission famous that jet gas is taken into account army materials by the U.N., which has approved the EU pressure to grab weapons and halt weapons-transporting ships certain for Libya.
The mission mentioned it was redirecting the tanker to a European port for additional investigation.
Libya was plunged into chaos when a NATO-backed rebellion in 2011 toppled longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi, who was later killed. The county has since cut up between rival east- and west-based administrations, every backed by armed teams and international governments.