In recent days, the international humanitarian community has delivered significant quantities of medical supplies and emergency food assistance to conflict-affected Misratah via the opposition-controlled port. An April 7 U.N. shipment included six interagency emergency health kits, each with sufficient supplies to treat 10,000 patients for three months; five surgical kits; and five trauma kits funded by USAID, each with sufficient supplies for 100 surgeries and 10 days of post-operative care. Additional commodities included sterilization supplies, a midwifery kit, hygiene kits, and nutritional supplements, as well as emergency food assistance for more than 40,000 people for one month. On April 9, a ship carrying medical supplies from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) docked in Misratah with sufficient supplies to treat 300 people.
In Benghazi, the U.S. Government (USG) Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) continues to assess humanitarian needs and meet with other donors, non-governmental organizations, and local authorities, including the opposition-led Transitional National Council. The DART confirms that the immediate emergency needs in Benghazi are met, but that additional humanitarian needs might result if the conflict persists. Most food prices have remained stable and the DART reports adequate availability of goods and supplies in shops, though the falling value of the Libyan dinar is resulting in rising prices for some items imported from Egypt.
In western Libya, recent media reports indicate a deteriorating security situation and increased humanitarian needs in the mountainous region near the Tunisian border, while on April 9, ICRC and the Libyan Red Crescent (LRC) deployed an assessment team to Zawiyah to assess humanitarian conditions in the city, focusing on the health situation.
Fighting in Ajdabiya has intensified in recent days, with international media reporting that opposition forces appeared to succeed in driving forces loyal to Muammar Qadhafi from the city as of April 10. Relief agencies report that most city residents had departed in the previous weeks due to insecurity, although new displacement is occurring; the majority of residents are staying with host families in nearby areas of northeastern Libya.
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.