· On June 1, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary-General announced that NATO will extend its mission in Libya for an additional 90 days. Without the extension, the NATO mission would have expired on June 27, 2011. According to NATO’s deputy spokeswoman, the decision to extend was reached during a recent meeting of ambassadors from 28 NATO member countries, as well as ambassadors from five non-NATO member countries participating in the Libya campaign—Jordan, Qatar, Sweden, Morocco, and the United Arab Emirates.
· On June 1, an International Organization for Migration (IOM)-chartered vessel, the Azzura, arrived in Misratah, carrying U.N. and non-governmental organization (NGO) staff and more than 420 metric tons (MT) of food and relief commodities, including USAID-funded vegetable oil and pinto beans. The U.N. staff onboard will conduct a humanitarian needs assessment in Misratah—the first such assessment by U.N. agencies in Misratah.
· On May 29, an 11-person team, including the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC) and staff from U.N. agencies and IOM, traveled to Tripoli to assess humanitarian conditions in western Libya. The HC also met with Qadhafi government officials to advance negotiations for a humanitarian pause.
· In the early evening hours of June 1, a suspected car bomb exploded in front of the Tibesti Hotel in Benghazi. The hotel is frequented by foreign delegations, U.N. agencies, NGOs, and journalists. The incident resulted in no injuries or deaths, according to a Transitional National Council (TNC) spokesman.