On April 7, Misratah port—an opposition stronghold within the city—was shelled by pro-Qadhafi forces, according to international media reports. Misratah has been the scene of continuous fighting for more than 40 days. Reports also indicate that pro-Qadhafi forces reportedly bombarded the entrances of the opposition-held eastern Libya town of Ajdabiya on April 7.
On April 5, U.S. Special Envoy for Libya Chris Stevens arrived in Benghazi, Libya, to meet with members of the opposition-led Transitional National Council.
In addition, the U.S. Government (USG) Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) has arrived in Benghazi. The DART plans to assess humanitarian needs and meet with other donors, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and local authorities.
On April 7, a U.N. World Food Program (WFP)-contracted vessel carrying food and non-food items—including humanitarian supplies provided by WFP, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), and the U.N. World Health Organization (WHO)—arrived in Misratah for consignment to the Libyan Red Crescent. Food commodities from WFP included 80 metric tons (MT) of high energy biscuits, 50 MT of vegetable oil, and 500 MT of wheat flour—enough to feed more than 40,000 people for one month. Supplies from WHO and UNICEF included emergency health kits and surgical materials—sufficient to meet the health needs of 50,000 people for one month—midwifery kits, hygiene kits, water, and early childhood development kits.
USAID and the U.S. Department of State are providing $47 million for the Libya complex emergency. In addition, the USG has provided military in-kind assistance to transport 1,158 Egyptians from Tunisia to Egypt via U.S. C-130s, valued at nearly $1.1 million.