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Rebels seek access to Libya's frozen assets

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Rebels seek access to Libya's frozen assets


Forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi continue to pressure rebel-held towns, making life difficult for Libyans living under siege conditions.

In Ajdabiya, shortages of food and fuel are the main problem but there’s also concern about unexploded bombs littering the town.

In Misrata, desperate people tried to gain passage on an aid ship which finally made it into port.

Eight-hundred migrant workers and wounded civilians were evacuated but thousands were left behind.

Other practicalities of life are being hit too. In the rebel capital Benghazi, the Transitional National Council needs money to keep the economy functioning. They want the Contact Group meeting in Rome today to release Libyan assets held abroad.

Jalal el Galal of the Transitional National Council said: “Those assets that have been frozen are in excess of 165 billion dollars. What they will be asking for is something between two and three billion to be able to plan for the next three months.”

And on the eve of Rome playing host to the Contact Group, its parliament narrowly approved a motion in favour of the country’s participation in NATO’s military mission in Libya.

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