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After seizure of drug shipment, Libya says Turkey sabotaging security

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In what is being described as the latest development related to reports of Turkish meddling in Libya, to sabotage security in the North African state, Libya’s custom authorities seized a large quantity of drugs at Misrata port inside a 40-foot container.

This has come soon after the seizure of two ships coming from Turkey carrying weapons. These developments have raised warnings of a new stream of weapon supplies to the country from Turkey. Libyan sources said the ship traveled a long way from Turkey to India and then to Libya with eight million tablets of the drugs tramadol and Artine.

The Libyan National Army accused Turkey of sabotaging Libya’s internal security and warned Ankara of possible preventive measures as well as strict accountability measures. On Monday, Libyan authorities said they seized a shipment of Turkish arms into Libya through the country’s port of Misrata, the London-based pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat reported.

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Libya is split between the Government of National Accord, led by Fayez al-Sarraj in Tripoli and recognized by the UN, and the Tobruk government, led by General Khalifa Haftar, the de facto ruler of eastern Libya and head of the Libyan National Army.

As violence has continued, dozens of extremists and other armed militias have emerged in the country, and the local branch of ISIS is still active, though greatly diminished.

Haftar demanded the UN Security Council launch an international inquest and accused President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of assisting armed terrorist groups and fomenting chaos.