Italy seizes Chinese-made military drones en route to Libya

Published: Updated:
Read Mode
100% Font Size
1 min read

Italian authorities intercepted and seized two Chinese-made military drones that were destined for Libya and disguised as wind turbine equipment, Italy’s customs police and customs agency said on Tuesday.

The disassembled drones were found in six containers at the port of Gioia Tauro in the southern region of Calabria, concealed among replicas of wind turbine blades, a joint statement said.

For all the latest headlines follow our Google News channel online or via the app.

The material was impounded given that civil war-stricken Libya is subject to an international arms embargo, it added.

It appeared to confirm a report last month by Italy’s Corriere della Sera newspaper indicating that the interception took place in Gioia Tauro on June 18, after a tip-off from US intelligence.

The material was seized from a container ship coming from the southern Chinese port of Yantian and on its way to Benghazi, an eastern Libya port controlled by military commander Khalifa Haftar, the daily said, citing “strong” US suspicions.

Libya descended into chaos after the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in a NATO-backed uprising in 2011, and is split between rival administrations in the east and west.

Read more:

Canada charges two ex-UN employees with conspiracy to sell military gear in Libya

UN seeks help for tens of thousands of Sudan refugees fleeing to Libya, Uganda

US lawmakers ask Biden to impose higher tariffs on Chinese-made drones

Top Content Trending