Fighting in Qadhafi stronghold limits humanitarian access

Martin Nesirky

Fierce fighting in Sirte in Libya is limiting humanitarian assistance to civilians trapped there, according to the United Nations humanitarian office (OCHA).

Forces of the National Transitional Council are moving to take the town as diehard supporters of former Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi continue to resist.

There are reports that hundreds of civilians have fled Sirte, the home town of Colonel Qadhafi, but thousands of others remain there.

Martin Nesirky is the spokesman for the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

"The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports that humanitarian access in Libya to Sirte is limited due to fierce fighting. Some 6,000 people have been displaced from the city, and relief workers have prepositioned food and medical supplies on its outskirts. There are between 100,000 and 150,000 internally displaced persons in Libya, the Office says."

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Martin Nesirky says there are also concerns about the situation of migrants and refugees from other countries who have become vulnerable to human rights abuses since the conflict started.

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