• Germany's news in English
 

Libyan rebels use German weapons

The Local · 31 Aug 2011, 08:04

Published: 31 Aug 2011 08:04 GMT+02:00

According to Wednesday's edition of the Stuttgarter Nachrichten newspaper, as well as public broadcaster ARD, pictures prove that the rifles carry the manufacturer's trademark.

Eye witnesses said a huge stockpile of the guns fell into rebel hands during the attack on Qaddafi's compound in Tripoli last week. But it remains unclear exactly how many or who exported them to Libya.

The Baden-Württemberg-based Heckler & Koch, one of the world's leading small arms makers, has ruled out that they delivered the weapons to Libya.

The German Economy Ministry also said that the government had not issued a permit for any deal to send G36 rifles to Libya. Germany has a policy of not selling weapons to conflict zones, or any country where the weapons could be used to abuse human rights.

But Germany is also the world's third biggest weapons exporter, after the United States and Russia.

The G36 is used as a standard weapon by several military forces, including the Germany army.

DAPD/The Local/bk

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Your comments about this article

08:30 August 31, 2011 by The-ex-pat
Germany, producer of some of the finest military hardware in the world, providing it is only used for war games in Augustdorf or Sennelager........lol
09:01 August 31, 2011 by freechoice
you can't get this Made in Germany anywhere in Germany, but you can get in Libya? This is getting ridiculous!
09:52 August 31, 2011 by raandy
It is most likely true that H&K did not sell direct to Libya ,but these rifles were bought through a 3rd party as is the case with most embargoed nations.
10:25 August 31, 2011 by TheCrownPrince
I guess it's possible to buy german rifles anywhere in this world from nearly anyone, even in big stocks. A direct supply by H+K is most unlikely.
10:58 August 31, 2011 by ND1000
Im now really confused, I've been assured by all my German neighbors that Germany was more righteous and perfect than all other countries. Ive been informed that only Americans, Russians, and Brits do bad things like that.
11:26 August 31, 2011 by Celeon
I saw a rebel using one in footage by CNN a few days ago. I wondered how long it would take for the media in Germany to react.

The rifle looked brand new and clean as if it was just taken out of the box and it seemed to be the short barreled version G36-KV which was exported to a lot of countries.

Could be the equipment of professional mercenaries.
17:19 August 31, 2011 by derExDeutsche
Rebels have cash for German mad H&K weapons? Yea, rite.

More likely NATO bought the through a shadow organization and distributed them in Libya.
19:22 August 31, 2011 by jg.
@derExDeutsche "Rebels have cash for German mad H&K weapons?"

From the article: "....a huge stockpile of the guns fell into rebel hands during the attack on Qaddafi's compound in Tripoli last week"

I would take this to mean that Gaddafi's military had bought them.

I guess H&K could deduce to whom they had supplied the weapons if they were given some serial numbers. I'm sure some journalist could help with that info - and I'm sure H&K wouldn't want to keep selling to customers who breach their end user agreements.
19:58 August 31, 2011 by Englishted
So now we know they work ,give them to the German soldiers in Afghanistan and let them share some of the workload there.
05:29 September 1, 2011 by crunchy2k
So the weapon is the story? German weapons are expensive....nobody in their right mind buys them over the simpler ak format. So, this is a story of embarrassment. The Russians sold some scud missiles to libia...The USA wanted the scuds to be limited to lessor range. And as thing got tight in the negotiations, maybe Hillary said she would sell some German arms to tweak the deal..Wiki-leaks is golden. The USA intervention in the Russian scud deal is real...All else is my speculation.
Today's headlines
Police ban on Saxony gatherings illegal: court
Police on the street in Heidenau, scene of recent far-right violence. Photo: DPA

Police ban on Saxony gatherings illegal: court

1 hour ago

Update: A court in Dresden has ruled that the police's decision to ban gatherings in Heidenau, scene of recent far-right violence is illegal.

Elite cops' hazing ritual: eat ice cream off thighs
A Cologne SEK unit on deployment in 2013. Photo: DPA

Elite cops' hazing ritual: eat ice cream off thighs

1 hour ago

Officers from Cologne's elite Spezialeinsatzkommando (SEK) police unit should be punished for hazing practices they inflicted on new members, an official in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) said on Thursday.

Knut autopsy could help human disease sufferers
Knut died in front of visitors at Berlin Zoo in 2011. Photo: DPA

Knut autopsy could help human disease sufferers

1 hour ago

Four years after Berlin's celebrity polar bear Knut died, a neuroscientist has discovered the cause of death - an autoimmune disorder which affected his brain.

Army buys in new guns to replace defective G36
A German soldier armed with a G36 rifle during training exercises in Poland. Photo: DPA

Army buys in new guns to replace defective G36

2 hours ago

Some German soldiers will be carrying different weapons within a year as the Defence Ministry scrambles to replace standard rifle which loses accuracy under hot temperatures.

Climate change
Sweltering summer has climatologists sweating
Dried out soil in Bavaria. Photo: DPA

Sweltering summer has climatologists sweating

2 hours ago

Heat over 40 degrees, weeks without rain, sudden storms and flash floods – in the summer of 2015 Germany experienced all these things. Are these extremes set to become the norm?

Champions League
Bayern get lucky in Champs League draw
FC Barcelona' Sports Manager Andoni Zubizarreta draws FC Bayern Munich during the draw ceremony for the UEFA Champions League group stage on Thursday. Photo: DPA

Bayern get lucky in Champs League draw

7 hours ago

Bundesliga titans Bayern Munich were celebrating on Thursday evening after a Champions League draw that made them clear favourites in their group. Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Mönchengladbach weren't so lucky.

Is Germany now a nation of couch potatoes?
Sitting front of the TV - Germany's favourite pastime. Photo: DPA

Is Germany now a nation of couch potatoes?

22 hours ago

A new study shows that Germans' best-loved activity is sitting in front of the idiot box - and when they're not doing that they're probably slumped in front of a computer.

This Week in History
The day that 'sealed East Germany's fate'
At 3am on August 23rd, MPs applauded as the People's Chamber set a date for reunification. Photo: DPA

The day that 'sealed East Germany's fate'

21 hours ago

After the Berlin Wall was destroyed in 1989, East and West Germany still had a long way to go before they could become one nation. But in August 1990, the date was finally set for the birth of reunified Germany.

Migrant crisis
Merkel: Austria tragedy a ‘warning’ for Europe
Forensic experts investigate a truck in which refugees were found dead as it stands by the Autobahn in Austria. Photo: DPA.

Merkel: Austria tragedy a ‘warning’ for Europe

21 hours ago

The "horrible" discovery on Thursday of between 20 and 50 dead migrants on a truck in Austria is a warning to Europe to get to grips with the migrant crisis, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday. Other leading German politicians laid out their plans for handling the influx of refugees.

Facebook to meet gov on Internet hate-mongering
Are Facebook keeping a close enough eye on hate speech? Photo: DPA

Facebook to meet gov on Internet hate-mongering

1 day ago

Update: Facebook on Thursday accepted an invitation from Germany's justice minister to discuss doing more to purge the social network of racist posts after widespread complaints from users.

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS

National
Weekend of anti-refugee violence shocks Germany
National
Half of Germans 'have had sex in their car'
Society
Deadly stew spooks home vegetable gardeners
Politics
The man who brought two Germanies together
Features
Where to get your culture fix in Cologne
Education
Fairytale world of Brothers Grimm brought to life
Rhineland
Thieves leave 1,000 open beers untasted
National
Way to some Germans' hearts is through their wallets
National
Germany's biggest challenge: European refugee crisis
Travel
Where to get your adrenaline pumping in Germany
Technology
Could thieves hack into luxury cars?
What to watch out for when snapping your lunch
National
German lefties through history
National
The fight over prostitution heats up
National
Merkel: migrants, not Greece, are the real challenge
Features
How I explained the Queen to the Germans
Education
Why Germany does 'back-to-school' traditions better
National
Germans are ‘not how foreigners think’
National
A mum and daughter reunite 70 years after WWII
Sport
Bra stops bullet in hunting mishap miracle
National
Cows trample German woman to death in Graubünden Alps
Business & Money
Start-up helps new Berliners short cut bureaucracy
National
The 1,000s of Germans massacred after the Second World War
Sport
Germany star scores own goal with PR gaffe
Features
'Women-only' parking: sensible or sexist?
Politics
Satire and reality blur in parody party's strife
National
13-year-old boy detained for trying to join Isis
Culture
Berlin restaurant serves up Greek Crisis Menu
Rhineland
Doctor on trial after woman wakes in morgue
Society
Six odd things Germans do in the summer
Society
Police bust kinky Bavarian couple over painful love-making
Politics
Merkel brings Palestinian girl to tears
Hamburg
Amateur archaeologist finds Nazi gold hoard
National
Could Merkel learn a lesson in love from this doppelganger?
Travel
Why you should stay in Germany for the summer holidays
Sport
German press tell Schweinsteiger 'good riddance'
National
Hamburg gets a bouncing 100kg baby girl
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

7,072
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd