NEWS | E.U. Sea Patrol Stops UAE Ship On Suspicion Of Breaking Libya Arms Embargo

MILAN – A European Union naval vessel on Thursday stopped a ship that was carrying jet fuel from the United Arab Emirates to Libya on suspicion it was violating a United Nations Arms Embargo, E.U. official said.

The E.U. military mission, named Irini, is operating in the Mediterranean to stop arms from reach warring factions in Libya.

The mission said in a statement that a German frigate, supported by an Italian frigate, stopped the merchant vessel Royal Diamond 7 just after dawn in international waters, 150 km (95 miles) north of the Libyan city of Derma.

The ship had sailed from the port of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates and was heading to Benghazi in Libya, the statement said, adding that its cargo of fuel was ‘likely to be used for military purposes’.

The Royal Diamond 7 was diverted to an undisclosed E.U. port for further checks.

Libya has been split since 2014 between areas controlled by the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli and territory held by commander Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA), based in Benghazi.

The UAE, Egypt and Russia back Haftar, who has suffered a string of military reverse this year.

The U.N. Security Council has imposed an embargo on arms to stop the military confrontation and facilitate the peace process in the country. The E.U. is enforcing the embargo through its Irini operation.

BREAKING NEWS | Saudi – Led Coalition Says Intercepts Drone, Houthis Say Abha Airport Hit

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ENTERTAINMENT | Paris Hilton Says She ‘Feels Free’ After YouTube Documentary

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ROYALS | Meghan Markle, Prince Harry Ditch Royal Titles For Upcoming Television Event

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BUSINESS | Saudi Arabia’s July Crude Exports Tick Up From Historic Lows – JODI

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TRAVEL | International Arrivals To Abu Dhabi Must Wear Covid-19 Tracking Device

ABU DHABI – International passengers arriving at Abu Dhabi airport will now have to wear a tracking device while they complete a mandatory 14-day home quarantine due to COVID-19, according to state-owned Eithad Airways. Daily infections in the United Arab Emirates rose this month to their highest since the outbreak started, which officials have largely … Continue reading TRAVEL | International Arrivals To Abu Dhabi Must Wear Covid-19 Tracking Device

BUSINESS | Israel, Dubai Diamond Exchanges Begin Strategic Collaboration

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Experts: Rainy Season To Further Threaten Beirut Heritage

BEIRUT – Restoring Beirut’s damaged architectural heritage following the devastating August explosion will take hundreds of millions of dollars and costs will quickly rise if no action is taken ahead of the onset of the rainy season in less than two months, international experts warned Tuesday. An international coalition of museums and heritage protection groups … Continue reading Experts: Rainy Season To Further Threaten Beirut Heritage

TRAVEL ALERT | Saudi Arabia Gradually Lifts Travel Restrictions

Saudi Arabia is gradually lifting the travel ban, by allowing a specific group of people to enter and exit the Kingdom before January 1, the expected date of the complete reopening of the land, maritime and air borders. The exact date for lifting the suspension of travel and allowing the land, sea and air transport … Continue reading TRAVEL ALERT | Saudi Arabia Gradually Lifts Travel Restrictions

NEWS ALERT | Saudi Arabia Says Rejects Any Threat To Regional Stability

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NEWS | Hungarian Journalists Place Faith In Crowdfunding

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