France sends aid plane to Libyan rebel city Benghazi

April 13, 2011 19:17

PARIS - France sent an aid plane to the besieged Libyan city of Benghazi, the first since the imposition of a no-fly zone to protect rebels fighting Muammar Gaddafi's army, a French foreign ministry spokesman said on Wednesday.

The plane, an Airbus A340, landed in the eastern Libyan city on Wednesday afternoon carrying 10 ton of medical equipment at the request of the Libyan national transitional council, which is fighting to end Gaddafi's 41-year rule.

France sent two aid planes to Benghazi in late February, before coalition air strikes started in mid-March, marking the start of a major humanitarian mission.

"We remain committed to this objective. Dealing with this humanitarian crisis is a priority," the spokesman said.

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