EU to send humanitarian military to Libya
Apr 25, 2011
Due to continuing need for humanitarian assistance in Libya, the EU is planning to send a humanitarian military mission to the city of Misrata, according to RIA Novosti.
"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," said Christine Fages, the French Foreign Ministry spokeswoman.
As soon as the UN gives final approval, the EU mission would be underway.
Britain, Italy and France have already sent military personnel to the eastern part of Libya in support of rebels fighting against those on the side of Muammar Gaddafi.
Libya needs humanitarian aid in the form of water, electricity and medical products.
Colonel Muammar Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi has been in power since 1969, according to the CIA World Factbook. He has no official title but is the de facto leader of the country.
Libya has a population of about 6.6 million people with a median age of 24.5 years old. The country's economy depends on oil exports, according to the CIA.