Belgian bullets used in Libya

Published on 24 February 2011 at 10:45


“Bullets made by the Fabrique Nationale d’Herstal found at site of Libyan killings,” reveals Le Soir. Thousands of small and medium calibre cartridges bearing the inscription FNB 7,62 08 have been found on the runways of La Abraq airport in Libya’s third largest town, El Beïda, where fighting between “government forces” and demonstrators, which lasted from 17 to 19 February, resulted in 63 deaths and 200 wounded. “There is no doubt,” writes Le Soir, “ a Belgian arms specialist has confirmed that the bullets were produced by FN Herstal in Belgium.” Accused by several NGOs last week of selling rifles, machine guns and grenades to Libya, the Region of Wallonia, which is the sole shareholder in FN Herstal, has claimed that all the arms sold to Tripoli by the company were specifically destined “for a mission to protect convoys of humanitarian aid on their way to Darfur.”

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