Sun Jan 13, 2013 6:23AM
Britain says it will assist France in its ongoing military intervention in Mali as French military stepped up airstrikes against rebels in the West African country. British Prime Minister David Cameron has welcomed France’s decision to halt advances by the rebels and has promised to provide the country with logistic support. “The Prime Minister has agreed that the UK will provide logistical military assistance to help transport foreign troops and equipment quickly to Mali,” Cameron's office said in a statement. “We will not be deploying any British personnel in a combat role,” it added. According to Human Rights Watch, the second day of French airstrikes in Mali, which began on Friday, has left 10 civilians, including three children, killed. "Residents told Human Rights Watch some 10 civilians were killed in the fighting, including 3 children who drowned trying to cross the river to safety," said Corinne Dufka, the senior West Africa researcher for Human Rights Watch. However, only five members of the rebel groups were killed by the attacks, a spokesperson for one of Mali's rebel groups, Ansar Dine, said on Saturday. Chaos broke out in Mali after President Amadou Toumani Toure was toppled in a military coup on March 22, 2012. MOS/AMR/HE