Second French aid boat arrives in Libya's besieged Misrata

14th April 2011, Comments 0 comments

A second French Red Cross boat carrying 80 tonnes of food and medical has arrived in the rebel-held Libyan port city of Misrata, the aid group said in a statement on Thursday.

The aid has already been handed over to the local Red Crescent which will distribute it to inhabitants, to displaced foreigners including Egyptians, Ghanians and Chadians, and to a few Europeans awaiting evacuation, it said.

The boat departed Misrata with some Ukrainian nationals aboard, the Red Cross said, describing the plight of foreigners in the besieged town as "extremely precarious".

A first boatload of 102 tonnes of Red Cross aid arrived in Libya's third city at the beginning of April.

Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi's forces have besieged and bombarded the western city of Misrata and its 500,000 inhabitants since the end of March.

© 2011 AFP

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