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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.
The Government has dispatched an emergency shipment of humanitarian supplies to the border between Libya and Tunisia in response to the growing crisis in North Africa.
Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, T.D., today announced the decision to transport 18,500 blankets and over 100 tents from Ireland's pre-positioned stocks in Brindisi in response to the United Nations' appeal seeking help for those fleeing the ongoing violence. These relief items will be distributed at the Tunisian border by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.