The United Nations has prepositioned food and medical supplies near the Libyan town of Sirte, a stronghold of deposed Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, but is unable to enter and distribute aid because of security concerns, the organization’s top humanitarian official in the country says.
“We are mobilizing food and medical supplies on the outskirts. That is all we can do for the moment,” Panos Moumtzis, the U.N. humanitarian coordinator for Libya, said, according to Reuters. “For security reasons, we cannot cross over the lines.”
Moumtzis noted that the United Nations has no direct information about Sirte because there are no U.N. or any other aid groups that have access to town. But there are reports of water and electricity shortage, he added.
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