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Sweden increases humanitarian aid to Libya

AFP/The Local · 12 Apr 2011, 07:02

Published: 12 Apr 2011 07:02 GMT+02:00

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"Due to the dire humanitarian situation in Libya and the consequences for its neighbouring countries, Sweden is now contributing with additional aid to help the affected people," Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson said in a statement.

The extra money, which has been dedicated to international efforts to evacuate non-Libyans who have fled to a third country to escape the violence, brings Sweden's total aid contribution to the war-torn country since March to 60 million kronor, the statement said.

Sweden, which is not a member of NATO, has also agreed to limited participation in the operations against the regime of Libyan strongman Muammar Qaddafi by helping enforce the no-fly zone over Libya with eight fighter jets, but has said it would not take part in any ground strikes.

On Friday Swedish JAS Gripen fighter jets took part in NATO's operation in the skies above Libya. The JAS Gripen were involved for around two and a half hours.

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The mission was the first time Swedish planes had been involved in a conflict operation since the 1960s in what was then the Belgian Congo.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

09:31 April 12, 2011 by Dearborn
Everyone should take a look at this on youtube: Farrakhan warns, advises Obama on Libya
11:54 April 12, 2011 by glamshek
Not a single voice is raising in support of Bahraini people. Are they not demanding democracy ? Their people are against the minority ruling party. Why is the West turning a bind eye to that. Is USA so much powerful ?
12:34 April 12, 2011 by Nemesis
Sweden has massive unemployment.

That money should be spent in Sweden.

Libya has plenty of oil. They can spend the money on there own people instead of buying weapons for every nutjob around the plent who wants to kill someone.
14:11 April 12, 2011 by glamshek

Sweden cannot think freely unless it breaks out of the shackes of USA
14:14 April 12, 2011 by Syftfel
Just don't forget that this "humanitarian" aid should be a two-way street. Remember that our oil is under their sand.
15:58 April 12, 2011 by Swedesmith
And will this money get into the right hands?
16:26 April 12, 2011 by J. L. Belmar
Very good news for al those who are unemployed, homeless, with mediocre sanitary services and poor educated. Heja Sverige. Once more you show your lack of common sense!
17:14 April 12, 2011 by swedejane
The Local buried the headline once again. So they found some gas for the fighter jets...fantastic initiative boys!
18:30 April 12, 2011 by jimthat

you are right but there is indeed a collateral benefit out of this

like helping them in their own country and not start again bringing hords of iimigrant refugees to invade our squares and streets
08:30 April 13, 2011 by Zhorka
First bomb them back to stone age and create a situation of civil war and then start providing them with "humanitarian" aid while sucking their resources for nothing.
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