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Turkey Defies Libya Embargo; Supplies Israeli Drone Systems

Despite the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) repeatedly renewed the arms embargo on Libya since 2011, Turkey is supplying Israeli drones to Tripoli-based government of the National Accord (GNA) in Libya.

According to fresh reports, the two drones shot down by the Haftarlead forces, were a part of a three-unit donation by Turkey to the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA).

It is like saying that Turkey is fueling the war between two factions in Libya, while the civilian population hopes for better governance in the near future. UNSC has good reasons to believe that Istanbul has gone against the embargo which restricts any country to sell arms, military equipment or anything to encourage a state of war in Libya.

In fact, the Turkish government had obtained the three drones from Tel Aviv as part of military cooperation agreements between the two countries; which it apparently gave away as a gift to the Tripoli side of the Libyan offensive. Manufactured by the Israeli Aeronautics company, the tactical Orbiter 3 UAV is a compact, light-weight system.

It is for use by military and homeland security officials. It has an operating range of up to 150 km. and can stay up to seven hours in flight on intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance (ISTAR) missions. It has been adapted to both land and marine environment, making it a dangerous military tool. The Aeronautics Company has currently denied any knowledge of their machine systems being sold or given away to a third party.

Earlier, their license had been suspended on their involvement in a similar instance where their instruments assisted Azerbaijan to strike an Armenian military position, thereby violating Israeli law.

The fact of the matter remains that while there are many countries owning this intelligent drone piece and in numbers, all of them had signed a joint agreement to not sell or give away these UAVs to a third party. Turkey, on its part, has already played its cards.

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