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Libya is in dire humanitarian need

The United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, addressed an audience in Egypt today about the humanitarian situation in Libya, calling it "especially grave."

About 500,000 people have fled the country following earlier conflict this year. The cities of Misrata, Zintan and Brega face particular hardship and lack of basic necessities. One man in Misrata told Channel 4 news about what it was like on the ground.

"They shelled this area because the port is Misrata's only window to the outside world. The destruction there was huge. I was there and saw for myself," a rebel spokesman, calling himself Ghassan, told the news source.

According to the U.N., neighboring countries should be ready to take in refugees from Libya, said Mr. Ban, who also urged for more peacemaking efforts as well as preparing for post-conflict community rebuilding.

Libya's government under Colonel Muammar Al-Gaddafi has been fighting against rebels who wish to see an end to Al-Gaddafi's rule.
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