Libya gives $100m to help Syrians
Tripoli - Libya announced on Wednesday that it will provide $100m in humanitarian aid to Syrians in a bid to support their battle for "freedom" against the "dictatorial regime" of Bashar Assad.
Libya government spokesperson Mohammed al-Harizi said the opposition Syrian National Council opened a bank account for the funds which will be used to "provide financial support for humanitarian purposes, equivalent to $100m".
He said Libya backs Syrians in their twin "goals of freedom and getting rid of the dictatorial regime".
The announcement comes a day after Libyan leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil promised to help Syria with humanitarian aid, noting that "the tragedy of our Syrian brothers surpasses what we saw in Libya".
Jalil and Harizi made no mention of providing military support for anti-regime fighters in Syria.
Libyans are encouraged to support the relief effort by making donations to aid agencies focused on Syria, including the Libyan Red Crescent, Harizi added.