In the course of the Libyan revolution in 2011, the Gaddafi regime lost control over large parts of its conventional weapons arsenal. As a result, weapons storage sites were accessible to opposition fighters, civilians and soldiers alike. Since the end of the fighting, central control over the weapons arsenal has not been re-established and the spread and trafficking of arms is affecting conflicts and security deterioration not only in Libya but also in neighbouring regions. In addition, conventional weapons found their way into civilian homes, leading to widespread private possession of conventional weapons within Libyan society. Moreover, explosive remnants of war (ERW) contaminate areas surrounding weapons and ammunition storage areas, farmland and public spaces.
There is still an urgent and constant need for more enhanced and central control of conventional weapons and ammunition throughout Libya. In order to provide this control effectively, Libyan government institutions have identified a need for knowledge transfer, enhanced equipment and technical capacities.
What we do
Since 2014 ITF has being implementing a U.S. Department of State funded project providing Capacity Support of Libyan Center for Mine Action and Remnants of War (LibMAC) in Securing and Eliminating Conventional Weapons in Libya.
Currently, ITF is supporting LibMAC through Technical Advisors for LibMAC Operations Section and LibMAC Risk Education Section. ITF also supports LibMAC by administering the disbursal of operating costs and salaries for 22 personnel.
For more information on ITF’s past activities in Libya, we welcome you to consult our Annual Reports.