Medical supplies sent by Islamic Relief arrive at besieged Libyan city of Misrata

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Vital medical supplies sent to the port city of Misrata, via a humanitarian cargo ship have arrived in the besieged city. The aid will open up a lifeline for thousands of people in the city. Around one hundred thousand pounds worth of aid including food supplies have been loaded on to the convoy by our staff.

Misrata is currently under rebel control with all roads into the city cut off by forces loyal to Colonel Gadaffi. This makes delivering humanitarian aid very difficult.

Islamic Relief has been liaising with the Misrata medical committee to find out exactly what is required. We have already been helping around 7000 refugees leaving Libya by managing the Shousha refugee camp on the Tunisia-Libya border on behalf of UNHCR.

The vessel is chartered by the World Food Program left from the Egyptian port of Alexandria.

Notes to editors:

Islamic Relief has already been working on the Tunisia-Libya border and is managing the Shousha refugee camp on behalf of UNHCR which has over 7000 people residing in it. We have also helped repatriate foreign workers that have been stranded in Tunisia. To date we have repatriated over 300 people.

We have individuals available for interview in our Birmingham headquarters that have been organising supplies for the convoy and will be travelling out to Egypt in the next few days. For further information please contact.