April 12, 2011 / 5:15 PM / 9 years ago

Libya rebels ask Western allies for arms-spokesman

BENGHAZI, Libya, April 12 (Reuters) - Libyan rebels have sent a request for weapons they need to countries that have recognized their national council as the sole representative of Libya, a spokesman said on Tuesday.

“We have submitted a list of military and technical equipment we need,” Abdel Hafiz Ghoga, official spokesman for the council, told reporters in the rebel stronghold of Benghazi.

Asked which countries the rebels were asking for weapons, Ghoga said: “Obviously we’ve been asking the countries that have already recognized the national transitional council as the sole representative for Libya”.

France, Qatar and Italy have recognised the rebels controlling the east of the country, whose military campaign against Muammar Gaddafi’s forces has reached stalemate despite air strikes against Gaddafi’s weaponry by NATO warplanes. (Reporting by Alexander Dziadosz, editing by Tim Pearce)

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