Operation IRINI seizes military vehicles bound for Libya

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Operation IRINI seizes military vehicles bound for Libya

November 10, 2022 - 14:40
Written by: SafaAlharathy

Operation IRINI has said it confiscated dozens of military vehicles shipped to Libya on board a Dutch-flagged commercial ship on October 11, without disclosing the receiving party.

The European Union Naval Force, established in March 2020 to monitor the UN arms embargo on Libya, said in its recent report on Wednesday that this was the second time IRINI seized a cargo in implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution in less than three months.

"One of the European military vessels operating in the Central Mediterranean Sea for Operation IRINI detected the ship on its way to Libya. Upon Operation IRINI’s request... the Netherlands, as the ship’s flag state, gave its consent without delay for the inspection and on 11 October, a boarding team was sent on board to verify the nature of those vehicles.

The report indicated that the ship was diverted to a European port, where a UN Panel of Experts investigated the cargo before the vehicles were disembarked and stored ashore.