Humanitarian situation “worsening” in Misrata, Libya

The response to what's being described as a "worsening" humanitarian situation in the Libyan port city, Misrata, is due to be stepped up.

Injured man in Misrata

The UN’s office for humanitarian affairs, OCHA, is increasing its presence in the Libyan capital Tripoli, with the aim of providing more assistance to people caught up in fighting in Misrata.

Zlatan Milisic is the acting Humanitarian Coordinator for OCHA based in Egypt.

He says it’s still difficult finding out exactly what’s happening in Misrata

“We don’t really have access to go to Misrata because of the fighting. And it is getting worse every day. Every day of conflict people are losing their lives. There are less basic necessities for the people to subsist on. It is a very, very worrying situation there.”

Meanwhile OCHA says that almost 8,000 people, mainly migrants from Africa and Asia, have so far been evacuated from Misrata. 

A ship is due to arrive in Misrata today bringing 160 tons of food, medical supplies, tents and mattresses to residents trapped in the city.

It will also evacuate more migrants.

Misrata is the largest city held by rebels in the North African country, who are trying to remove the Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi from power.

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