Libyan Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Kaim on Wednesday accused Qatar of providing rebels in the east of the country with French-made Milan anti-tank missiles.
"Qatar sent French Milan missiles to the rebels in Benghazi," the eastern city that serves as their base, Kaim told a press conference, adding that 20 Qatari experts were also in the city to train some 700 rebels.
Both Qatar and France are part of the international coalition carrying out a military intervention in Libya against Moamer Kadhafi's regime.
Kaim also said that elements of the powerful Lebanese Shiite party Hezbollah were fighting alongside the insurgents in the rebel city of Misrata, 200 kilometres (120 miles) east of Tripoli.
"The snipers in Misrata are elements of Hezbollah. This is not an anecdote, it's real," he declared, adding that western intelligence agencies were aware of the participation of Hezbollah in the events in Misrata.
by Dan De Luce
(c) 2011 AFP