Libyan rebels thank French for weapons help

Arab World Materials 1 July 2011 06:26 (UTC +04:00)

Libyan rebels fighting leader Moamer Gaddafi's forces thanked France Thursday for the weapons Paris had provided, dpa reported.

"The Libyans in the Nafusa mountains are alive and secure today thanks to a combination of Libyan courage and heroism and French wisdom and support," Mahmoud Jibril, vice chairman of the Transitional National Council, said in Benghazi.

A French military spokesman said on Wednesday that France had dropped light arms and ammunition to Berber tribes fighting government forces in the western Nafusa mountains in early June.

Until the disclosure, only Qatar had been certainly known to have directly armed the rebels.

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the Western military alliance had not been involved in the French initiative and that he had no information about any other NATO arms supplies.