UK flies cash into Libya

Libya takes delivery of newly printed bank notes worth $227 million originally ordered from Britain by Muammar Gaddafi.

September 1, 2011 10:00
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Britain flies cash to Libyan interim government.

Brits bring cash to Libya. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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Libya's latest cash injection arrives in Benghazi aboard a British air force plane.

The aircraft arrived early on Thursday with a cargo of freshly printed bank notes worth 227 million US dollars.

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Britain pledged to deliver the rest of the cash shortly.

Libyan Bank Governor Qassem Azzoz said, "People in the liberated city did not have salaries for over two months now and we need some cash for fixing some hospitals and some security places and several other things for the activities in several cities."

With the deadline ticking away for pro-Gaddafi forces to respond to a rebel ultimatum to surrender or die, Gaddafi's son Saif al Islam's issued a defiant message.

He's told an Arabic broadcaster 20,000 armed men are at the ready to repel the rebel advance in and around Sirte.

The head of Tripoli's rebel brigade is unimpressed.

Al Mahdi Abdel Hameed, head of Tripoli's Rebel Brigade, said, "We will also continue fighting to the last. His comment is nonsense. Where will he fight? We are in complete control of almost all of Tripoli and if he has soldiers outside Tripoli we will fight them."

As the rebels converge for what could be the fiercest battle yet, another of Gaddafi's sons told al-Arabiya television on Wednesday he had his father's blessing to negotiate an end to the bloodshed.

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