UNHCR, WFP Deploy Aid to Eastern Libya

Members of the U.N. High Commission for Refugees provide food to Libyan refugees at a camp at the Egyptian-Libyan border. Photo by: P. Moore / UNHCR

United Nations agencies are sending emergency aid to cities in eastern Libya amid reports of attacks against civilians by forces of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

The office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees has deployed truckloads of aid, including blankets and sleeping mats, to Bengahzi, which is serves as the rebels’ base. The aid package will be part of a convoy organized by the World Food Program, which is delivering food and vegetable oil to eastern Libya from Egypt.

UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards said they are receiving reports of shortages in basic commodities and medical supplies in the eastern parts of Libya, according to the U.N. News Center.

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