ALGIERS: Algeria on Thursday denied allegations by Libyan rebels that it was involved in the Libyan unrest by supporting leader Muammar Gaddafi.
"I strongly deny this information. It is absolutely inconceivable," Halim Benatallah, a ministerial delegate in charge of Algerian expatriates, told Reuters.
"On the contrary, Algeria is playing its humanitarian role by trying to help as much as it can," he added.
Benatallah was speaking at Algiers port where an Algerian boat carrying 1,300 people -- including Algerian, American, Moroccan and Tunisian nationals -- fleeing Libya's violence arrived from Tripoli and Benghazi.
The rebel National Libyan Council said on Wednesday it believed Niger, Mali and Kenya were sending troops to support Gaddafi as he battles an uprising against his rule.
"There is evidence that the government of Algeria is taking part in this," council spokesman Hafiz Ghoga said. AGENCIES