Britain says 200 troops on standby for Libya

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Britain's Ministry of Defence said Saturday that about 200 troops had been placed on standby to help with evacuation and humanitarian operations in Libya.

The troops from the Black Watch, 3rd Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, are ready 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 already revealed on Tuesday that the battalion had been placed on shortened notice for possible deployment to Libya.

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