French aid plane lands in Libya rebel stronghold

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A French government plane carrying 10 tonnes of medical supplies landed on Wednesday in the rebel stronghold of Benghazi, an AFP correspondent said.

The plane, an Airbus, landed at Benghazi airport also carrying members of non-governmental organisations, the first such French-chartered aid plane to reach the rebel stronghold.

It touched down as an international conference on the Libyan crisis opened in the Qatari capital, Doha, during which the rebels fighting the nearly 42-year rule of Libyan strongman Moamer Kadhafi are expected to demand aid and global recognition.

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