More aid reaches besieged city of Misrata in Libya

More aid is going to the besieged city of Misrata in Libya as fighting continues between forces loyal to Colonel Muammar Qadhafi and those who want to overthrow him.

Migrants board an IOM-chartered boat

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is sending a third ship to the city with 500 tons of food, medical supplies, hygiene kits and other items.

IOM spokesman, Jumbe Omari Jumbe says that approximately 5,000 migrants waiting in and around the port of Misrata need assistance, particularly medical attention.

“That’s why on this ship there are 13 medical doctors who are going to carry out various operations because we have seen that the number of injured from the bombs and shrapnels of shells have increased. So these doctors will help in that. But also, we are sending humanitarian assistance and medical equipment and four generators to help the medical team which is already stationed there.”

IOM says that same boat will evacuate migrants, mainly from Niger. An estimated 3,200 of those stranded at the port are from the African country.

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