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Qatari plane supplies ammunition to Libya rebels

Qatar said to aid in rebels’ push to take Gaddafi-held town of Zlitan

Qatari plane supplies ammunition to Libya rebels
Libyans rebel forces have complained of a lack of weapons and ammunition

A Qatari plane made a quick stop in the rebel-held Libyan
city of Misrata on Saturday to offload ammunition destined for rebel fighters,
sources with knowledge of the flight said.

Officials at the airport acknowledged a Qatari plane landed
at Misrata airport but declined to reveal details of its contents.

"The plane offloaded six pick-up trucks which were
packed with ammunition and minutes later it flew off again," said one
source, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Another source showed a photo of a plane shortly after its
departure with "Qatar" written on underside of the fuselage.

Rebels seeking to protect Misrata and advance the 200km to
Tripoli have been complaining of a lack of weapons and ammunition to
effectively push forward to the capital.

France has previously air-dropped weapons and ammunition to
rebels in western Libya.

Qatar has been one of staunchest supporters of Libyans
seeking to topple Muammar Gaddafi from power.

Fighting is currently on the eastern outskirts of Zlitan,
one of two major towns between Misrata and Tripoli which is firmly in the hands
of the Libyan leader.

Taking Zlitan would be a major breakthrough in the war.

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