Libya has been in turmoil since an uprising in 2011 toppled Muammar Gaddafi [Goran Tomasevic/Reuters]

Multiple armed groups from Sudan and Chad have been involved in the conflict in Libya this year, said a report by the United Nations.

The UN report published on Tuesday named five Sudanese and four Chadian armed groups, which it said contributed several thousand combatants to both sides of the civil war.

But it did not mention the presence of Russian mercenaries – who were recently identified in their hundreds in media reports as fighting in the conflict.

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