– Rabih Serrai
Tuesday, 17 May 2011
Global Arab Network – Algeria has delivered 500 pickups to Colonel Maamar Gaddafi’s regime, Africa News Agency (ANA) reported, citing diplomatic sources and Libyan opposition members.
“The Algerian military has already been supporting Gaddafi’s regime by sending Polisario guerrillas to join Gaddafi’s mercenary forces,” ANA said on its website.
This information was confirmed by NATO and a former Libyan minister and Libyan opposition leaders in Benghazi who captured some mercenaries among them elements of the separatist group, the same source added.
Morocco Board News reported that the Libyan embassy in Algiers has purchased 500 military grade vehicles from several dealers and shipped them to the pro-Gaddafi loyalist forces. Such large purchase of military grade vehicles by an embassy, of a neighboring country at war, can not go forward unless it has a tacit support from Algeria’s government..
The Algerian opposition had accused Algeria’s government of supporting Gaddafi by, among others, facilitating the supply of military hardware to the Gaddafi regime through the Algerian-Libyan border. “We have information about the entry to Libya of military hardware through the Algerian border” announced an official of the Libyan Rebels Group CNT.
The Libyan ambassador in Algiers is one of the few to remain loyal to the Gaddafi regime .
The Algerian newspaper (Ashorouk) said that a central committee member of the FLN, Algeria’s ruling party, attended a pro-Gaddafi conference in Tripoli; where he made a speech attacking the rebels’s National Transitional Council and accusing it of being “a pawn of the West.”
Abdelaziz Belkhadem, Algeria’s President representative, has harshly criticized the Libyan rebel group, the National Transitional Council, for their accusations that Algeria is helping to send mercenaries to Colonel Gaddafi.
Algeria’s officials always denied all these accusations and considered it as a false information.
Source: Global Arab Network.