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Tuesday, March 15, 2011     FOR YOUR EYES ONLY

Short on military supplies, Libya reaches out to Ukraine, Egypt, Belarus

CAIRO — The regime of Col. Moammar Gadhafi, despite its string of victories over the opposition, was believed to be running out of military supplies.


Arab diplomats said the Gadhafi regime has urged its allies for military supplies to maintain the offensive over the rebels. They said Tripoli has contacted several allies, including Belarus, Egypt and Ukraine for weapons, spare parts and other supplies.

"The [Libyan] military was never prepared for a long period of fighting and they are beginning to run low of supplies," a diplomat said.

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The diplomats said Gadhafi has failed to acquire the massive supplies required, Middle East Newsline reported. They said NATO operations have blocked shipments from suppliers in the former Soviet Union and neighboring Egypt.

Earlier this month, a Gadhafi envoy, identified as Maj. Gen. Abdul Raham Al Sid, arrived in Cairo for meetings with Egypt's new military regime. The diplomats said Al Sid left Cairo on March 10 after failing to win agreement for an immediate Egyptian re-supply of the Libyan military.

"He came back empty-handed," the diplomat said.

The diplomats said Gadhafi was believed to need an immediate supply of weapons and munitions to sustain the military's drive in rebel-held areas of Libya. They said the equipment would be crucial in stopping rebel counterattacks against cities already captured by the regime.

Gadhafi's son, Seif Al Islam, has already criticized Egypt for its refusal to help the regime. Seif said Egypt has joined Libya's enemies in trying to overthrow his father.

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