The Arab Weekly on 13th January reported that the discovery of 2 attempts, less than a month apart, to smuggle Turkish-made guns into Libya triggered hostile reactions over suspicions of Ankara’s support to extremists. On December 18th, Libyan customs officers discovered 3,000 Turkish-made 9mm Beretta-style handguns and 2.3 million rounds of ammunition in 2 containers that had been delivered on a cargo ship from Turkey, said to contain building materials and flooring. On January 7th, customs officials found more than 20,000 8mm Turkish handguns hidden in a container delivered from Turkey said to contain children’s toys and household goods. The article says that even without these 2 incidents, hostility to Turkey (and Qatar) is growing. Turkey has, with Qatar, become a sanctuary for numerous Libyan Islamist or quasi-Islamist political figures also fuelled hostility, including Abdulhakim Belhaj, the head of Libya’s al-Watan Party and owner of its pro-Islamist TV station Al Nabaa, which operates out of Turkey. Perception of Libya’s history as a neo-Ottoman province, also appears to be building public suspicion and antagonism towards Turkey.