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The Government is to assist the emergency evacuation of civilians from the city of Misurata in Libya.
The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Eamon Gilmore TD, said Ireland, through Irish Aid, would fund the International Organisation for Migration to evacuate 1000 civilians on a specially-chartered ship. The IoM has carried out a number of such emergency missions to Misurata, which has been under fire by President Gadaffi’s forces for nearly eight weeks. The United Nations last week estimated at least 20 children had been killed during the ongoing hostilities.