At least 20 people from Australia, France, Malta, South Africa, Britain and the United States were reported to have participated in the mission to support Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, commander of the so-called Libyan National Army.There are allegations that the task of this force is supposed to be to stop Turkish supply ships en route to the coastal capital, Tripoli, and intercept arms supplies while on their way to opposition forces, according to the report.
The oil-rich Libya has been in turmoil since the 2011 revolution that toppled the late dictator Muammar Gaddafi.
The power struggle intensifies between the internationally-recognized National Accord government in Tripoli and Field Marshal Haftar.
And the forces of eastern Libya, led by Haftar, have been trying since last April to seize the capital, Tripoli.
The United Nations has documented foreign mercenary activities inside the country. She said that the current arms embargo has also been subjected to numerous violations, as the weapons come from places including Turkey, which supports the Al-Wefaq government.
According to the report on the recently disclosed mission, it involved smuggling six military helicopters from South Africa to Libya and two military boats from Malta in the summer of 2019.
The report mentions the names of several companies based in the United Arab Emirates.
The alleged secret mission was aborted for unknown reasons after only a few days. There were no immediate indications of any attacks.
The UAE is an important supporter of Haftar in the Civil War.