Aljazeera investigation: Cargo planes linked to UAE spotted providing Haftar’s forces with supplies in Tripoli offensive
Aljazeera report has revealed that cargo planes have been discovered flying clandestinely into bases controlled by Khalifa Haftar and dropping off unidentifed payloads at the time his forces attacked Tripoli last month.
The report on Monday said satellite images and flight data show two Russian-made Ilyushin 76 aircraft registered to a joint Emirati-Kazakh company called Reem Travel made several trips between Egypt, Israel, and Jordan before landing at military bases controlled by Haftar’s forces in early April, just as they attempted to seize the capital.
“Flight transponders appear to have been turned off while flying into the war-torn North African country. Libya is currently under an arms embargo imposed by the United Nations after years of fighting.” Aljazeera added.
“Video published by Haftar’s forces show one of the cargo planes – with the registration number UP-I7645 – after landing at LNA’s Tamanhant military base in southern Libya. It had taken off from Benghazi in the east, Haftar’s stronghold.” It unveiled.
Aljazeera indicated that wooden crates stamped in black with “FF” followed by four digits and “gross weight 64kg” are seen being unloaded by a forklift at a landing strip in the Libyan desert.
“All crates had the city name Al Bayda marked on them.” It added.
“With the tracking of the number, we detected a suspicious course of the aircraft that circulates almost regularly between Jordan, Israel and Egypt prior to its appearance in Libya, as shown by the air navigation and surveillance technology ADS-B,” the investigation said.
How to submit an Op-Ed: Libyan Express accepts opinion articles on a wide range of topics. Submissions may be sent to email@example.com. Please include ‘Op-Ed’ in the subject line.