The United Nations organization that monitors nuclear activities around the world has said that two and a half tons of natural from Libya Uranium has disappeared.
French news agency AFP saw a confidential report on Thursday, which said the missing uranium could be a ‘potential radiological hazard’.
On Tuesday, according to the report International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) It came to the attention of the inspectors that ’10 drums filled with about two and a half tons of raw uranium are not in their previously indicated location.’
The report states that the site is “not currently under the administrative control of the Libyan State Authority.”
According to the report, the IAEA will “take further action to clarify the circumstances of how the nuclear material disappeared” while investigating the current location of the material.
Uranium ore (ore) is believed to emit low levels of radiation.
The IAEA has warned that ‘not knowing where radioactive material is at the moment can lead to concerns about the spread of radiation and nuclear insecurity.’
The IAEA report did not identify the location from which the uranium disappeared, nor did it say why the nuclear material was in Libya’s possession.
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Libya was long ruled by former dictator Muammar Gaddafi and is suspected of having a nuclear weapons program under his rule, which was abandoned in 2003.
Since the fall of Gaddafi in 2011, Libya has been in crisis and foreign-backed opposition coalitions have formed multiple armed groups.
Libya is divided between a nominally transitional government based in the capital Tripoli in the west and a government backed by military man Ahn Khalifa Haftar in the east.
The IAEA report added that the site was originally scheduled to be inspected in 2022 but was postponed due to deteriorating conditions in the area.
According to the document, the IAEA generally monitors the location through commercial satellites and other open data.
After reviewing the photographs of the said site, the agency decided to conduct a physical inspection of the site despite security concerns and travel difficulties.