EU’s Operation IRINI seizes “illegal” shipment of armored vehicles bound for Libya
The European Union Naval Operation IRINI announced that it inspected a Dutch-flagged merchant ship bound for Libya and the “illegal cargo” it was carrying onboard.
IRINI said in a statement on Wednesday, that it had conducted an inspection on October 11 of the merchant ship MV MEERDIJK off the Libyan coast and found that it was transporting vehicles modified for military use, in violation of the UN arms embargo on Libya (UNSCR 2292).
The vehicles were seized and the ship was diverted to a European port (Greece’s Almyros Volos) for further inspection.
After inspection by a UN Panel of Experts, “the vehicles were unloaded and stored on land.”
This is the second time that IRINI has seized a shipment violating the arms embargo on Libya in the last three months.