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Britain delivers millions of pounds to bank in Libya

By the CNN Wire Staff
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  • The Royal Air Force delivers about 140 million pounds, foreign secretary says
  • The money will be used to pay for wages, including nurses and teachers
  • Libya
  • Benghazi
  • United Nations

(CNN) -- The British government has started delivering money that it unfroze to a bank in Libya, said William Hague, Foreign Secretary, in a statement Wednesday.

The Royal Air Force delivered 280 million dinars (about 140 million pounds) to the Central Bank of Libya in Benghazi, the statement said.

The money is among billions of dollars ordered frozen by the United Nations when the crisis began.

The money "will be used to pay the wages of Libyan public sector employees, including nurses, doctors, teachers and police officers," the statement said.

It also said the money will be used to pay the disabled and refugees, as well as medicines and food.

Meanwhile, France is releasing up to 1.5 billion Euros frozen at the start of the war in Libya, the French foreign minister told Radio RTL on Thursday.

Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said France has obtained permission to release the money to the National Transitional Council, the rebel leadership.

"It is money that belongs to Libya -- to the NTC so that it can begin rebuilding," Juppe said.

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