UN: Libyan weapons being smuggled into Syria

AP News
Posted: Sep 16, 2013 12:24 PM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Caches of weapons and ammunition left over from the collapse of Moammar Gadhafi's Libyan regime are being flown and shipped into Syria, a committee told the U.N. Security Council on Monday.

The council's committee on Libyan sanctions told of "an increasing number of reported cases of trafficking of arms and ammunition from Libya to the Syrian Arab Republic by sea and air."

The committee also described efforts" by Gadhafi's younger son, al-Saadi Gadhafi, "and his associates to hide, move and use assets that should have been frozen."

Al-Saadi Gadhafi fled to Niger in 2011 as his father's regime crumbled. He is still under a U.N. travel ban.

The committee also confirmed that another son and daughter of Gadhafi moved from Algeria to Oman in apparent violation of a U.N. travel ban.

Aisha Gadhafi, a lawyer in her mid-30s, and Mohammed Gadhafi, in his early 40s, have been on the U.N. sanctions blacklist since early 2011, subject to an asset freeze and travel ban. Both fled to Algeria after Gadhafi was ousted later that year.