Weapons container seized in Tunisia was heading to rogue Haftar’s forces to assault Tripoli

Weapons container seized in Tunisia was heading to rogue Haftar’s forces to assault Tripoli

February 27, 2016 - 18:33
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Written By: AbdullahBenIbrahim

Photo: Attounssia TV

The Belgian weapons container intercepted in Tunisia two weeks ago was meant to reach Libya, a security source has revealed.

The source, who declined to be named, told the Huffington Post Arabi, that the container was heading toward Libya via Tunisia aiming to provide arms to forces affiliated with renegade General Khalifa Haftar in the west.

“This attempt to arm Haftar-loyal forces comes as part of a wide-ranging plan Haftar had been mapping out to gain more ground across the country with the support of a number of countries in the region.” The source remarked.

On February 09, Tunisian Customs intercepted a shipment of ammunition and weapons hidden in luggage boxes and smuggled by a Belgian national through Radis port to the south of Tunis, as a petrol from the Customs department captured the container on a truck in Nabel city 70 km to the east of the capital, confiscating machine guns, about 1000 9-mm bullets, a small-size drone, diving equipment, and Orion paralyzing sprays. 

In the meantime, Libyan well-informed security sources also told the Huffington Post Arabi, that Khalifa Haftar is mobilizing forces from the west in preparation to attack Tripoli backed up by western tribes loyal to the slain dictator Muamar Gaddafi, particularly from Wirshiffana, and armed groups from Zintan opposing Libya Dawn Operation forces that are in control of Tripoli.

“Haftar’s military operation aims at taking control of the capital as a first step then follow it by controlling the entire Libyan western region, thus he appointed Khalid Bu Ameid and Muamar Al-Dawi, who were military leaders in the former regime, to mobilize fighters loyal to him in the west.” The sources confirmed.