Cash unloaded from RAF plane in Libya
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Libya: Piles of cash delivered to Benghazi

Libyan banknotes worth £140m (280m Libyan dinars) has been flown by the Royal Air Force to the country, the first tranche of £950m that will be handed to Libya's Central Bank.

The United Nations has approved a British request to release nearly £1bn in Libyan banknotes, which was frozen under sanctions.

The money will be used for emergency aid and to help pay the salaries of public sector workers.

The BBC's Jon Leyne was at Benghazi airport when the shipment arrived.

  • 01 Sep 2011
  • From the section Africa