Human smugglers in Libya have links to security services: UN Feb 09, 2018 0 39 12345 ReutersUNITED NATIONSMost armed groups involved in human smuggling and trafficking in Libya have links to the country's official security institutions, sanctions experts said in a confidential report to a UN Security Council committee.People smugglers operating with impunity in Libya have sent hundreds of thousands of migrants to Europe, mainly Italy, by sea since 2014. Thousands have died during the voyages."Armed groups, which were party to larger poltical-military coalitions, have specialized in illegal smuggling activities, notably human smuggling and trafficking,"experts reported to the 15-member Security Council committee. They said most of these armed groups"were nominally affiliated to official security institutions."The experts were reporting on an arms embargo and targeted sanctions that the U.N. Security Council imposed on Libya in 2011 when former leader Muammar Gaddafi's forces cracked down on pro-democracy protesters.Eritrean migrants told the sanctions monitors they had been arrested by the Special Deterrence Force (SDF), which is an armed group affiliated with the internationally recognized Government of National Accord's Ministry of Interior, the report said.The migrants said the Special Deterrence Force handed them to various smuggling rings."The panel is assessing whether the SDF's leadership was aware of collusion and trafficking being conducted within its ranks,"the sanctions monitors wrote.They also noted:"The panel is concerned over the possible use of state facilities and state funds by armed groups and traffickers to enhance their control of migration routes." Pages 12 POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Palestinians jam Gaza border temporarily opened by Egypt Feb 09, 2018 0 73 In Oman desert, European venture sets sights on Mars Feb 09, 2018 0 42 Suicide attack kills one in Iraq's Ramadi city Feb 09, 2018 0 34 Russia to boost Sudan military, says President Bashir Khartoum: President Omar al-Bashir on Thursday said that Khartoum and Moscow have agreed on a programme to boost Sudan's military capabilities. In an address to army officers and soldiers in the Red Sea town of Port .. Sudan seizes three newspapers for covering protests Khartoum: Sudanese security agents seized the entire print-runs of three newspapers on Thursday after they covered food price protests in Khartoum and other towns, their editors said. Opposition groups have .. Israel does not want escalation over border wall, US to Lebanon Reuters BEIRUT/JERUSALEM A US envoy has assured Lebanon that Israel does not seek an escalation between the countries following a surge in hostile rhetoric, Lebanese and Israeli officials said on Thursday. The .. Israel SC upholds conviction for Palestinian teen's murder Jerusalem: Israel's supreme court on Thursday rejected an appeal by three members of a Jewish gang convicted of kidnapping, beating and burning alive a Palestinian teenager in 2014. The decision upholds life .. Libyan commander wanted by ICC freed after protests Reuters BENGHAZI A Libyan commander wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) over a series of summary executions was released on Thursday, a day after handing himself in to military authorities in eastern ..