Pictures expose proliferation of Belgian weapons out of Libya, bound for Syria
End of April 2012, the Lebanese Army intercepted a ship, the Letfallah II (often wrongly identified as the “Lutfallah II”), near the nothern coast of Lebanon. The ship was suspected to transport weapons from Libya destined to the Syrian rebels.(1)
Pictures were scarce, and did not show much of what was actually found in the three containers seized onboard. One website seems to have had access to those containers and provide with about 160 photographs of what appears to have been found. Caveat emptor with the source, though, which does not inspire credibility. So far, however, we have found no reason to doubt the legitimacy of the pictures.
Some are republished here, with the source embedded in them, so that you can go and have a look at the whole batch.
First, two pictures of the boat itself.
A picture of the three containers.
Some pictures that would lead to think that what was found in these containers was from Libya.
But what interests us here is the fact that some of the weapons found in those containers could be traced back to Belgium. It could be part of military equipment Belgium could have sold to Libya in the last decades (further documentation is needed to confirm this).
PRB M3 AT mines
FN ammo boxes
And FAL rifles – thorough examination of the rifles would be needed to identify the manufacturer; but during our research in Libya, we did not found FAL rifles coming from other countries than Belgium.
This case raises the question of other arms shipments that would have made their way from Libya to Syria without interception. Besides, it highlights, once more, the Belgian small arms proliferation problem.
The Letfallah II case will be added to our map of FAL rifles proliferation out of Libya.
(1) For more information on the case, see “Rough Seas, Maritime Transport and Arms Shipments”, by Sergio Finardi and Peter Danssaert, July 10, 2012 (pp. 56-66). The report raises some interesting questions regarding the weapons seized onboard of the ship.