WFP says opened humanitarian corridor in west Libya

The United Nations food agency said on Tuesday it had started moving food supplies through a new humanitarian corridor into western Libya for civilians in cities including Tripoli.

A convoy of eight trucks loaded with 240 metric tons of wheat flour and high-energy biscuits, enough to feed nearly 50,000 people for 30 days, crossed into Libya from Tunisia on Monday, the World Food Program (WFP) said in a statement.

"We managed to open a new humanitarian corridor into western Libya," WFP spokeswoman Emilia Casella told a news briefing.

"WFP is coordinating with all parties to ensure that affected needy civilian population do not go hungry, irrespective of their area's adherence to any of the warring factions," the statement said.

The food will be distributed mainly to women and children in Tripoli, Zintan, Yefrin, Nalut, Mezda, Al Reiba and Al Zawia via the Libyan Red Crescent, it said.

[Source: Reuters, Geneva, 19Apr11]

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