US supplies non-lethal aid to Libyan rebels

PTI Washington | Updated on May 11, 2011 Published on May 11, 2011

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 the Department of Defence stocks in support of the TNC’s efforts to protect civilians and civilian-populated areas under the threat of attack,” the State Department spokesman, Mr 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 it might be able to support in the coming weeks, Mr Toner said.

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

Published on May 11, 2011

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