WFP opens humanitarian corridor to western Libya

Food to feed nearly 50,000 people, mainly women and children, for 30 days has been delivered to western Libya by the World Food Programme (WFP) following the opening of a humanitarian corridor.

WFP truck convoy

The agency says the corridor is a vital step in reaching thousands of hungry people affected by the fighting between forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi and those seeking to oust him.

WFP spokesperson Emilia Casella says the agency is coordinating with all parties to ensure no one goes hungry no matter what side they support in the conflict.

“A convoy of 8 trucks passed in early yesterday with enough food for 50,000 people for 30 days. It will be distributed by the Libyan Red Crescent in a number of communities mainly to women and children. This is following an agreement that we were able to sign with the Libyan Red Crescent in that part of the country.”

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