UN doubles aid appeal for Libya

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The United Nations has doubled its aid appeal for Libya to $310 million, which would be used to help 1.5 million people affected by the conflict in the north Africa country, a spokeswoman said Tuesday.

"The fund appeal of $160 million has been updated to reach over $310 million," said Elisabeth Byrs, spokeswoman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

She added that the funds would be used to provide relief to over 1.5 million people affected by the conflict, including more than 400,000 refugees.

OCHA has received 70 percent of financing for its first appeal launched three weeks ago, said Byrs.

However, UN and other international agencies said funding is being stretched as thousands are continuing to flee from the strife-torn country.

The International Organization for Migration on Tuesday repeated its plea for funds, saying that it has "no more money for humanitarian evacuations" of people who have fled from to neighbouring countries such as Egypt and Tunisia.

© 2011 AFP

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