Iran to send second aid convoy to Libya

Iran to send second aid convoy to Libya
# 03 April 2011 01:47 (UTC +04:00)
Baku-APA. Head of Iran’s Red Crescent Society (IRCS) Abolhassan Faqih says Tehran will send a second humanitarian aid shipment to Libya this week, APA reports quoting Press TV.

"IRCS’s second shipment of humanitarian aid including food and medical supplies will be dispatched to Libya this week," Faqih said on Saturday.

Faqih added that IRCS sent its first aid cargo comprising of food, medication and also a medical team in March.

An estimated 120,000 to 140,000 displaced Libyans are said to be caught in the fighting between revolutionaries and forces loyal to the embattled Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi.

Aid workers are warning that a humanitarian crisis is developing along Libya’s border with Tunisia, where thousands of people fleeing from the Gaddafi regime arrive every day.

Iran also plans to set up two field hospitals near the displaced persons camp, run by Iranian medical staff committed to staying and helping the refugees as long as necessary.

The US and its Western allies have carried out a bombing campaign against Libya since the Security Council ratified a no-fly zone over the African nation.

Libya says many civilians have been killed in the airstrikes.
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