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Libya - Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #21, Fiscal Year (FY) 2011

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  • On April 18, eight U.N. World Food Program (WFP) trucks carrying a total of 240 metric tons (MT) of wheat flour and more than 9 MT of high-energy biscuits—sufficient to feed nearly 50,000 people for 30 days—entered western Libya for the first time since the conflict began. Food will be distributed by the Libyan Red Crescent to affected populations in Tripoli, Zintan, Yefran, Nalut, Mezda, Al-Reiba, and Zawiyah.

  • In Misratah, intense fighting continues to occur along Tripoli Street, one of the city’s main thoroughfares. Conflict in Misratah has resulted in dozens of civilian deaths in the last month, including at least 20 children, according to the U.N.

  • The humanitarian community has become increasingly concerned about migrants living in makeshift camps near the Misratah port. On April 20, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) estimated that more than 5,000 migrants were awaiting evacuation from the port, the majority from sub-Saharan Africa. On April 20, an IOMchartered vessel docked at Misratah’s port for the third time, carrying 13 doctors and 500 MT of food and relief supplies provided by private individuals, organizations, and the governments of Qatar and United Arab Emirates. On April 21, the ship evacuated more than 1,000 migrants from Misratah to Benghazi; to date, IOM has evacuated more than 3,100 people from Misratah.

  • 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.