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article imageChemical weapon cache found in Libya

By Katerina Nikolas     Oct 27, 2011 in World
Stockpiles of chemical weapons have been discovered in Libya at previously undisclosed sites, according to a National Transitional Council representative.
Libya’s National Transitional Council has revealed that a new cache of chemical weapons have been discovered in Libya by NTC forces. A NTC representative told NATO representatives in Qatar “They are from the Gaddafi era and are under guard, until they can be handed over," Ynet News reported.The head of the UN mission in Libya, Ian Martin, has told the Security Council that since the fall of the Gaddafi regime in August, previously undisclosed sites have been discovered in which chemical weapons are stored. Martin said "it has become clearer that there are additional sites with previously undeclared chemical weapons or materials that the government is about to formally declare.” (Telegraph)Martin has made it clear that most of the chemical weapons found are under the control of the NTC. They are guarded at a site in Rabta. It is unclear if the latest chemical weapons found are in addition to those the Guardian reported as discovered in the Jufra area in September. Stockpiled chemical weapons are to remain guarded until they can be handled by inspectors.
During the civil war there was speculation that Gaddafi would use chemical weapons against his enemies. Human Rights Watch has found unguarded and looted weapons munitions sites near to Sirte. HMW said both civilians and armed rebel fighters were removing weapons.
The international community has donated millions of dollars to search and disarm weapons found in Libya, but stockpiles have already been pilfered and looted, including large amounts of anti-aircraft missiles. Gaddafi loyalists may have weapons. Terrorist group Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb has attained a massive stash of weapons pilfered from the beginning of the conflict. Meanwhile many armed rebel fighters are refusing to relinquish their weapons.
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