Military escorts for humanitarian aid a "last resort" in Libya

Humanitarian agencies helping people trapped by fighting in Libya say using military escorts to deliver aid in Libya is a "last resort".

Fighting continues in Libya between forces supporting leader Muammar Qadhafi and pro-democracy rebels.

Elisabeth Byrs, a spokesperson for the United Nations humanitarian agency (OCHA) says they are doing all they can to maintain their neutrality and impartiality and deliver assistance without military escorts.

“Step by step now aid is delivered to parts of Libya, east, west, depending on the situation. The ships which reached Misrata are trying to evacuate people. We have a UN presence now in Benghazi. Humanitarian assistance is something which is neutral, impartial. So we are trying as much as possible to deliver this assistance and address the needs of people without using military assets. This is the last resort.”

Questions have been raised about the ability of humanitarian agencies to deliver assistance as the conflict continues and NATO forces enforce the United Nations-imposed no-fly zone.

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