Middle East

Arab League urges lifting arms ban on Libya for ISIL fight


The Arab League has called for the removal of a UN ban on arms sales to Libya citing a fight against the ISIL Takfiris in the country.

According to Press TV, the 22-nation Arab body held an emergency meeting in the Egyptian capital Cairo on Wednesday following the decapitation of 21 Coptic Christians by the terrorists in Libya.

A statement released after the meeting read, “The Arab League also states that the crisis in Libya needs to be solved by political means and the ban on arms sales to the Libyan armed forces should be lifted.”

The United Nations and the European Union imposed sanctions on the regime of the country’s former dictator, Muammar Gaddafi, back in February 2011.

The ISIL has recently made an advance in Libya propagandized by a video released last week showing the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians and an earlier announcement of the terror act in an issue of their magazine, Dabiq.

In their statement, the Arab envoys voiced support for the airstrikes launched by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in Libya in an effort to contain ISIL following the beheadings.

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