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Hundreds evacuated from besieged Libyan city

Arab World Materials 5 May 2011 17:06
Hundreds of people were evacuated from the besieged northwestern Libyan city of Misurata on Thursday, as details of injuries caused by unexploded or abandoned explosives came to light.
Hundreds evacuated from besieged Libyan city

Hundreds of people were evacuated from the besieged northwestern Libyan city of Misurata on Thursday, as details of injuries caused by unexploded or abandoned explosives came to light, DPA reported.

A ship carrying over 800 migrants and wounded civilians docked in the eastern city of Benghazi, according to the International Organization for Migration.

Benghazi was the first major city to fall under rebel control shortly after the Libyan uprising began in mid-February. Misurata however remains a battleground for forces loyal to Moamer Gaddafi and the rebels.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) warned that civilians were facing great dangers from unexploded or abandoned explosives in the two cities and other parts of the country.

Injuries, mainly to children, have been reported over the past few days, according to the ICRC.

Access to health care remains a challenge for civilians in Misurata, the country's third most populated city.

The ICRC said it organized a training workshop on war surgery for more than 25 doctors and nurses in Benghazi to facilitate the training of more doctors.

In the eastern town of Ajdabiya, where rebels have regained control, residents would find it difficult to return due to the threat posed by unexploded munitions, said the ICRC.

The ICRC clearance team in Libya is working with Libyan Red Crescent volunteers in a campaign to raise awareness among civilians of the risks posed by unexploded munitions. The two relief agencies have organized information sessions and distributed posters and leaflets to alert the population.

The rebel Interim Transitional National Council said in a statement released Thursday that the most essential needs in Libya are food, fuel and medicine. The council also said it needs 2 - 3 billion dollars to provide basic goods and defence in the coming months.

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