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UN Probes Alleged Israeli Arms Sales to Ivory Coast


Israeli officials have confirmed that the United Nations is investigating the alleged sale of Israeli arms to Ivory Coast - a possible violation of a U.N. arms embargo against the West African country.

Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev Thursday said that Israel is cooperating fully with the U.N. probe.

Israeli officials say a U.N. team was in Israel this week to look into possible violations of the arms embargo against Ivory Coast. Israeli officials have denied any wrongdoing.

The U.N. Security Council unanimously imposed the embargo last November to try and stop a renewal of fighting in the country.

The French-drafted resolution prohibits arms sales to both Ivory Coast's government and rebels in the north. It also allows U.N. and French peacekeepers to inspect cargo shipments into the country.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters and AP.

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