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Humanitarian Crisis in Libya a Possibility

As battles rage on in the Libyan Civil War, international aid organizations are warning of a humanitarian disaster. Certain besieged cities – such as the contested port city of Misurata – are already running low on key food supplies and adequate medical equipment to treat casualties. The situation has prompted some Western aid organizations into action:


Abeer Etefa, a spokeswoman with the World Food Program, said the group was planning emergency operations to feed 600,000 Libyans in the next three months.

She said access to food “is becoming increasingly difficult” because of store closures in contested areas. Her agency said this week that in some areas, the price of flour had doubled, the cost of rice had risen 88 percent and the price of vegetable oil had jumped 58 percent.

“If the situation continues like that, it will be very worrisome, simply because this is a country that depends on food imports,” said Etefa, speaking from the Libyan-Egyptian border.

















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