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Britain to send military advisers to Libya

RIA Novosti

18:45 19/04/2011

MOSCOW, April 19 (RIA Novosti) - Britain will send a group of military advisers to the town of Benghazi in eastern Libya to coordinate the actions of scattered rebel forces, media quoted British Foreign Secretary William Hague as saying Tuesday.

The military officers will "advise the National Transitional Council [NTC] on how to improve their military organizational structures, communications and logistics, including how best to distribute humanitarian aid and deliver medical assistance," Hague said.

He said they will join British diplomats who already interact with rebels in Benghazi, the stronghold of Libyan opposition forces.

The NTC is a political body formed by Libyan rebels. It has been recognized by France, Qatar and Italy.

Libyan opposition leaders say over 10,000 people have been killed by strongman Muammar Gaddafi's forces since the start of the conflict in the North African country in February.

The UN Security Council adopted a resolution imposing a no-fly zone over Libya on March 17, paving the way for a military operation against Gaddafi, which began two days later. The command of the operation was shifted from a U.S.-led international coalition to NATO in late March.

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