US supplies non-lethal aid to Libyan rebels

"This shipment, authorised under the (US) President's April 26th drawdown, consisted of more than 10,000 halal meals ready to eat, that were transferred from Department of Defense stocks in support of the TNC's efforts to protect civilians and civilian-populated areas under the threat of attack," State Department spokesman, Mark Toner, said.

"Other items are en-route and include medical supplies, uniforms, boots, tents, and personal protective gear, and these are also from DOD inventories," he said.

US continues to work with the TNC, to determine what additional assistance requirements we might be able to support in the coming weeks, Toner said. An uprising began in Libya in February to end the 41-year rule of 68-year-old Muammar Gaddafi.

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