Russia to fly food aid to Libya

A Russian Emergencies Ministry aircraft will deliver humanitarian aid to the Libyan capital of Tripoli on Tuesday, a ministry spokesman said.

The Ilyushin Il-76 plane carrying 36.2 tons of canned milk, baby food, sugar and rice took off from an airport near Moscow on Tuesday morning.

The shipment is the fourth planeload of humanitarian aid sent by Russia to Libyans affected by fighting between forces loyal to Libyan strongman Col. Muammar Gaddafi and rebel forces.

Earlier this month, Russia sent 72 tons of aid to Benghazi and 36 tons of aid to Tripoli.

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