On 20 July, Middle East Eye reported that sanctions were originally imposed on Cham Wings Airlines in December, after it was accused by the EU of flying people to Belarus so they could cross the bloc’s external borders. It is said that an EU spokesperson could not say why the ban had been lifted. Middle East Eye also noted that, though the airline is not sanctioned by the UN, a UN panel of experts identified that between 1 January and 10 March 2020, there were at least 33 flights from Damascus to Benghazi, said to be likely carrying Syrian mercenaries in contravention of an international arms ban on Libya.
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