Red Cross flies home 5 Libyans who were released by rebels

April 30, 2011 20:17


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GENEVA) - Rebels freed five Libyans on Saturday, who they said were soldiers loyal to leader Muammar Gaddafi, and the International Committee of the Red Cross, which said the five were civilians, flew them home to Tripoli.

Libyan rebels in Benghazi announced the move on Wednesday, saying their release was a goodwill gesture aimed at boosting their credibility internationally.

"To the best of our knowledge these five were not members of the Libyan armed forces. As far as we are concerned, they are civilians," ICRC spokeswoman Anna Nelson told Reuters.

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