US supplies non-lethal aid to Libyan rebels

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - 16:47

Washington: The initial shipment of
US-supplied non-lethal aid to Libya`s Transitional National
Council (TNC), the body of Libyan rebels based in Benghazi,
has been delivered, a US official has said.

"This shipment, authorised under the (US) President`s
April 26th drawdown, consisted of more than 10,000 halal meals
ready to eat, that were transferred from Department of Defense
stocks in support of the TNC`s efforts to protect civilians
and civilian-populated areas under the threat of attack,"
State Department spokesman, Mark Toner, said.

"Other items are en-route and include medical supplies,
uniforms, boots, tents, and personal protective gear, and
these are also from DOD inventories," he said.

US continues to work with the TNC, to determine what
additional assistance requirements we might be able to support
in the coming weeks, Toner said.

An uprising began in Libya in February to end the 41-year
rule of 68-year-old Muammar Gaddafi.


First Published: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - 16:47
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