France drops arms to Libyan rebels

France said yesterday it had air dropped arms to Libyan rebels in mountains south of Tripoli who are eyeing an assault on the capital, a day after anti-regime forces captured a network of weapons caches.

But the increasingly emboldened rebels suffered a deadly assault from Gaddafi forces in the third-largest city Misurata, where rockets killed one civilian and wounded six late Tuesday, residents said.

In London, meanwhile, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said yesterday the cash-strapped rebels had received the first €70 million from a fund set up by international donors.

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