UNICEF airlifts 18 tons of emergency supplies to Libya

Tripoli A UN Children's Fund-chartered plane has arrived at Misrata airport, in northwestern Libya, with 18 tons of urgently needed emergency supplies.

A UNICEF statement released on Monday explained that these supplies will allow the agency to reach conflict-affected children and their families in and around the Libyan capital Tripoli.

The recent hostilities in Tripoli and western Libya have affected the lives of an estimated 1.5 million people, including half a million children, the statement said, noting that civilians have been caught in the crossfire which has resulted in deaths, casualties and displacement.

This airlift of supplies is critical to continue our emergency response and replenish stocks, said UNICEF Special Representative in Libya Abdel Rahman Ghandour.

UNICEF is working with other UN agencies, seven national partners, two international organizations and local authorities to respond to the needs of the affected families.

To be able to continue its response to the increasing humanitarian needs in Tripoli and western Libya, UNICEF is urgently appealing for $5.5 million, the statement added.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

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