Weapons looted from military stockpiles during Libya’s civil war of 2011 are being sold illegally through social media sites, and especially on Facebook, a study by the Small Arms Survey has found. While it was in power, the Qaddafi regime tightly regulated the Libyan domestic arms trade, and local black market sales were virtually unheard of. The report was published this week by the Small Arms Survey in Geneva, and used data analysed by Armament Research Services (ARES) concerning 97 online sales of light weapons in Libya. A more indepth report will follow later in 2016 that will review more than 1,000 online sales of small arms in the country. This online trafficking does not come as a surprise to experts who agree that this has been going on for a while, and not just in Libya, because similar trafficking has been uncovered in Syria, Iraq and Yemen. What is surprising though, they say, is the variety of weapons that can be found on social media networks. “When we started this, we expected to mainly find small arms, individual rifles or pistols, but the fact that you have such a variety of higher calibre military grande equipment is very eye […]
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