Once again, the report of the United Nations experts on Libya reveals the UAE support for Hifter and his use of mercenaries to kill Libyans and reach power and impose his military rule in the country.
However, this year’s experts report revealed the expansion of the countries supporting Haftar, especially in its aggression against Tripoli, to include the Emirates Companions as the main player in each report, which are Jordan and Sudan, in support of Hifter with weapons and mercenaries.
External support for Hifter
The report stated that Jordan and the UAE have regularly and sometimes very clearly provided weapons to Hifter with little effort to conceal the source.
The report added that the UAE supplied Hifter with a pantsir S_1 air defense system for installation at the Al-Jafra base on March 19, and the system was also seen in Gharyan on June 19.
The use of mercenaries
The experts report stated that Hifter had used mercenaries from the Sudanese opposition factions and had brought over 500 mercenaries from the Sudan Liberation Army – ( Abdel Wahid faction ) to support the incursion of his forces in the south.
The report stated that Hifter used the Sudan Liberation factions to protect the back lines of his forces and it is currently assigned with securing the supply lines between Tripoli and Jafra.
The report disclosed that Hifter agreed with Tahir Abubaker, a leader in the “Sudan Liberation Force”, to provide a platoon of experienced fighters consisting of 500 to 700 fighters, and take Muzruq, Umm al-Araneb, and Sebha as headquarters.
The team of experts confirmed that the Deputy Military Governor in Sudan, Hamidti, sent a thousand soldiers from the Rapid Support Forces last July 25 to Hifter to protect the facilities and installations, so that Haftar could attack Tripoli.
Hifter responsible for the bombing of the shelter of Tajura
The air support provided to Hifter was not absent from the report, and Hifter was held responsible for the bombing of the Migrants’ Refugee Center in Tajoura last July using a Mirage 2000-9 aircraft that is known to be French-made.
A Hifter drone also targeted Zuwara International Airport with cluster bombs in August.
Hifter militants targeted the Mitiga airport in September
With the facts revealed by this report, the ambiguity of many crimes committed by Hifter’s elements, such as targeting airports and refugee shelters, is not a mystery anymore.The report prepared by the United Nations remains at the Security Council table in the hope of international action to deter Hifter and his supporters.