Britain confirms troops on standby for Libya

5th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

Britain's Ministry of Defence confirmed Saturday that troops have been placed on standby to help with evacuation and humanitarian operations in Libya.

The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, is on standby for deployment at 24 hours' notice, an MoD spokeswoman said.

"Troops from 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland have been on short notice to move to provide assistance to the evacuation and humanitarian efforts as required," she told AFP.

The MoD had already revealed last Tuesday that the battalion had been placed on shortened notice for possible deployment to Libya.

© 2011 AFP

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