EU prepares humanitarian military mission to Libya

The EU is preparing to launch a humanitarian military mission to the besieged Libyan city of Misrata within the next few days, French Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Christine Fages said on Friday.

An EU spokesman said on Thursday the organization was “ready to act” on a proposed humanitarian-military mission in Libya (EUFOR) as soon as the UN gave the green light.

“Because of the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Libya, especially in Misrata, the multinational Joint Staff in Rome is preparing a humanitarian military mission,” Fages said.

Fages did not eleborate how the campaign would be carried out.

Fighting between rebels and forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi continued in Libya’s third largest city on Friday. Residents of the city are without medical supplies, water and electricity.

A UN World Food Program ship has already reached the city carrying food and medical supplies, but more aid is desperately needed.

Earlier this week, Britain, France and Italy announced plans to send military consultants to Benghazi in eastern Libya to give support to the rebels.

On Friday Italian ambassador to Russia Antonio Zanardi Landi confirmed that Italy had sent 10 military advisers to Libya to protect civilians.

MOSCOW, April 22 (RIA Novosti)


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