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17 Feb 2020

Bitter sweet anniversary of Libyan revolution amid siege of Tripoli

Foreign Affairs Correspondent

EU foreign ministers have agreed to launch new sea patrols in the Mediterranean to try to enforce an arms embargo in war-torn Libya.

The announcement comes on the ninth anniversary of Libya’s revolution, but it’s too soon to say whether the EU’s first deployment to prevent the conflict will stop the fighting or the smuggling of arms.

The majority of Libya is currently under the control of General Khalifa Haftar and his so-called Libya National Army.

But the capital Tripoli is still held by Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj’s UN-recognised government

Since last April the city has been under siege after Haftar launched a military campaign to capture it.