Sweden increases humanitarian aid to Libya

Sweden increases humanitarian aid to Libya
Sweden's government announced on Monday that it planned to increase its humanitarian aid to civil war-torn Libya by 10 million kronor ($1.6 million).

“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.

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.

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