So far, Qatar has been the only Arab League state to be providing
military training and support to the Libyan rebels. The rebels were also
believed to be receiving aid from neighboring Egypt, Sudan and Saudi Arabia.
The rebels said the Qatari military instructors arrived in Libya in
April. They said Qatar, which has contributed 12 combat aircraft for
the NATO no-fly zone over Libya, was also helping market crude oil exports
by the rebels.
Qatar was expected to be joined by other weapons suppliers to the
rebels, based in Benghazi. The rebels said they were discussing military
supplies with several countries deemed friendly.
"I don't think there will be a problem getting weapons," Libyan rebel
spokesman Abdul Hafez Ghoga said.
The rebels said they lack anti-tank and other heavy weapons meant to
stop Gadhafi's armored drive toward Benghazi and other rebel-held cities.
They said NATO air attacks have held off the estimated 20,000 troops loyal
to Gadhafi and armed with main battle tanks, armored personnel carriers,
rockets and mortars.
"We don't want foreign troops on the ground, just aid," Ghoga said.