On 18 November 2014, the United Nations Security Council’s Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee imposed targeted sanctions on the Libyan Islamic militant group Ansar al-Sharia. Both the organisation’s Benghazi and Derna branches are now subject to restrictive measures.
The sanctions consist of an asset freeze, travel ban in UN Member States and an arms embargo. The groups have been listed because of their association with Al-Qaida and their role in ‘[running] training camps for foreign terrorist fighters travelling to Syria, Iraq and Mali’.
The US has already imposed sanctions Ansar al-Sharia for its role in the Benghazi consulate attack in 2012 in which four American citizens were killed.