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Concerns for Libyan humanitarian aid

Friday, April 01, 2011 - 01:28

Apr 1 - UN officials say more attention needs to be paid to humanitarian issues in Libya. Julie Noce reports.

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With thousands dead or fleeing the country, the humanitarian crisis resulting from growing civil unrest in Libya grows by the day. Officials from the United Nations were in Egypt this week to discuss the matter. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UN HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES, ANTONIO GUTERRES, SAYING: "I also would like to say how concerned we are with the humanitarian situation in Libya. There is a lot of discussion in the world, a lot of coverage of the military and the political aspect of the conflict, but very little attention to the humanitarian dramatic situation in the country." Inside Gaddafi's compound in Tripoli, supporters gather every night. They form a human shield, vowing to protect their leader at all cost. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ZUHRA, GADDAFI SUPPORTER, SAYING: "You keep talking about human rights but you keep bombing our Libyan citizens. We are here and not afraid, we are not afraid of your no-fly zone. We will always protect our leader and we have been in Libya fighting with armed gangs and terrorists." Meanwhile, fighting continues in the eastern Libyan oil town of Brega. Rebels with sub-standard weaponry are no match for Gaddafi's forces-- they have not been able to hold on to gains despite help from NATO-led airstrikes. Julie Noce Reuters

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Concerns for Libyan humanitarian aid

Friday, April 01, 2011 - 01:28