Britain to provide emergency shelter to more 10,000 Libyans

Britain will provide emergency shelter for more than 10,000 people driven out of their homes by ongoing fighting in Libya.

Updated: Apr 03, 2011, 18:30 PM IST

London: Britain will provide emergency
shelter for more than 10,000 people driven out of their homes
by ongoing fighting in Libya.

As a matter of urgency, 2,100 tents will be flown out
from UK stocks in Dubai to provide potentially life saving
shelter during cold desert nights, the International
Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell has announced.

The tents will be distributed by the Libyan Red
Crescent to those most in need - including women, children and
the sick particularly around the Ajdabiya area in the
conflict-affected North East of Libya.

In addition, Britain is providing a humanitarian
adviser to join a Turkish/UK/US humanitarian planning team
based in Ankara that will help to address emerging and urgent
needs in Libya.

Andrew Mitchell, International Development Secretary,
said: "As fighting continues in Libya, we need to ensure that
the most vulnerable get the protection they need. That means
shelter for those who suddenly find themselves driven out of
their homes and often cut off from friends and family in their
own country.

"It`s also about ensuring that we continue to provide
help to poor migrant workers having to flee Libya, and that we
get people in place to look at ongoing needs and how best we
can meet them."

This latest British support follows ongoing
humanitarian assistance over the last month including: Funding
for the International Committee of the Red Cross, which is
providing support for up to 100,000 people for basic
necessities, and medical supplies and treatment to 3000 people
affected by the ongoing fighting in Libya.

PTI