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Libya action to cost UK £300m, says Liam Fox

Rebel fighter gestures after air strike
Image caption The UK has been involved in military action in Libya since March

The total cost of UK operations in Libya is likely to be about £300m, Defence Secretary Liam Fox has said.

He said the costs of Operation Ellamy from March 2011 up to December were estimated at £160m.

In a written ministerial statement he said a further £140m was the estimated cost of replacing ammunition used.

The UK is part of the coalition force conducting operations in Libya under a UN mandate authorising military action for the protection of civilians.

The money will come out of the Treasury reserve - not the Ministry of Defence budget.

Former Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi has disappeared and rebel forces have cornered loyalists in Sirte - his birthplace - but are facing stout resistance.

Libya's National Transitional Council, which is now leading the country's affairs, says once Sirte falls, they will declare Libya to be fully liberated.

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