ICRC raises Libya aid appeal by $53 million

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The international Red Cross on Monday more than doubled its aid appeal for Libya, warning that the humanitarian outlook for the conflict-hit country was dire.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) sought 47 million francs (38 million euros, $53 million) more for the country, bringing the 2011 budget for the country to over 77 million francs.

"As long as the conflict in Libya continues, the outlook for the coming months is dire, and living conditions may further deteriorate for a large percentage of the population," said Boris Michel, ICRC head of operations for North and West Africa.

Michel added that among the ICRC's priorities is extending its activities to western and southern Libya.

"Some of these funds will be used to distribute essential household items, support health services and clear unexploded munitions from the streets of Misrata and other towns," he said.

The ICRC said it expects by the end of 2011 to have helped over 850,000 people affected by the Libyan conflict.

© 2011 AFP

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