Wounded Libyan fighters arriving for treatment in Germany

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Five wounded Libyan fighters are receiving hospital treatment in Germany, and some 40 more are to be flown in by the German military on Tuesday, hospital and foreign ministry officials said Monday.

Five fighters from the National Transitional Council (NTC), aged between 23 and 30, arrived Saturday in the northern city of Hamburg, the Asklepios civilian hospital said Monday.

One of them, a 29-year-old who suffered severe brain injuries, was in intensive care. The condition of the four others, wounded by firearms, was described as "relatively stable".

Seven more patients were due to arrive at the hospital on Tuesday as part of a group of about 40 wounded fighters to be flown in from Libya for treatment in different German towns, hospital and foreign ministry officials said.

Vice Chancellor and Economic Minister Philipp Roesler announced last week, during a trip to Libya, that Germany would take in as many as 150 wounded NTC fighters for medical treatment.

Germany is seeking to turn over a new leaf in Libya by stressing its readiness to help with reconstruction and humanitarian aid after declining to fight alongside its allies against strongman Moamer Kadhafi.

© 2011 AFP

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