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Libya Unrest: 5 Geopolitical Effects You Need to Know

1. How Libya’s civil war has attracted international attention

Both sides fighting the Libyan civil war have received weaponry and aid from Turkey, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Russia and many more countries. Almost eight years since a revolution backed by the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) that led to the ousting and killing of longtime dictator Moammar Kadafi in October 2011, Libya has become an arena for regional and international rivalries. This has turned Libya into an international geopolitical game to gain influence in the region and reap the fruits of its resources, specifically its oil reserves, which are the largest in Africa. A triad of the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, with France backing them, support Haftar against the Tripoli government and its allied armed factions, which are backed by a Muslim Brotherhood-friendly alliance between Turkey and Qatar. The strong support from each side has resulted in a long civil war, that has cost many lives.

Meanwhile, Libya has finally kneeled to international pressure, and shut down three of its biggest migration detention centres, the country’s Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha announced. Campaign group Amnesty International has called conditions “horrific” and “inhuman”. “These detention centres, at least some of them, they work on a business model that involves smugglers, traffickers, sometimes forced labour.” Libya’s closure of these centres shows their shift of priorities, and possible weakness of will, as the civil war goes on.

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3. Israeli drones found in Libya

4. Civil war continues to take innocent lives

5. Another clash with Western nations

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