Violence in Libya continues as humanitarian aid needs increase
Jun 5, 2011
There does not seem to be an end in sight as violence continues in Libya, where Muammar Qaddafi has been in power for more than 40 years, according to a recent report from CBS News.
Meanwhile, humanitarian aid is needed and the U.N. says that the situation is like a "time bomb."
"The food, and the medical supplies, is a little bit like a time bomb. At the moment it's under control and it's okay. But if this goes on for quite some time, this will become a major issue," Panos Moumtzis, coordinator of relief efforts for the U.N., told Reuters. "For some food commodities it's a matter of weeks, others perhaps a matter of months. What is clear is that this cannot continue for a very long time."
Many people are in need of food and materials in Misrata, a city that has been under the control of rebel forces fighting against Qaddafi. Other materials such as gasoline is also in limited supply. There is a sanction against trade with Libya, a country that has been heavily dependent on its oil exports. Qaddafi forces are reportedly low on finances as a result, according to the report.
Libya has a population of about 6.6 million people, according to the CIA. About 1.1 million of its residents live in the capital city of Tripoli.