UN Exploring Ways to Return to Tripoli

The United Nations is looking at ways to re-establish its presence in Tripoli, Libya, as soon as the situation in the city allows it, according to a spokesperson of the global body.

The U.N. announced May 1 that it evacuated its 12 remaining international staff members after unrest in the Libyan capital intensified following the reported death of one of Moammar Gadhafi’s sons in a NATO air strike. U.N. spokesperson Martin Nesirky said the staff members were evacuated to Tunisia, from where they are continuing to support humanitarian operations in western Libya.

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Meantime, Medecins Sans Frontieres said it has strengthened its presence in the city of Misrata. The international medical organization said it sent additional personnel to the rebel-held city and is setting up surgical and medical centers to support the local hospital.

Italy, on the other hand, has sponsored a humanitarian flight that will carry more than 25 wounded Libyans from Benghazi to a hospital in Rome.

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