France criticised for supplying weapons to Libyan rebels
Paris has defended its decision to drop ‘light weapons’ to Berber tribal fighters ‘so that civilians would not be massacred’, writes Bill Corcoran in Mauritius
The decision last month by France to supply weapons to Libyan rebels under threat from Moammar Gaddafi’s forces polarised the international community last week, drawing widespread criticism in some quarters and support from others.
Last Wednesday, a senior spokesperson for the French military said it had recently air-dropped ‘‘light weapons’’ to Berber tribal fighters in the country’s Nafusa mountains region to enable the anti-Gaddafi rebels to protect civilians in the region....
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