United Nations: The UN has warned it is
running out of funds to finance its relief operations in Libya
and called on member nations to meet the USD 68.5 million
needed to provide humanitarian assistance to the tens of
thousands of people displaced by the conflict the country.
So far, the UN has received USD 39 million, which has
been spent or committed, according to Andrej Mahecic,
spokesperson for the UN Refugee Agency.
"UNHCR is facing a critical shortage of funds for our
operations in Libya and neighbouring countries," Mahecic told
reporters, this week.
"Unless funds are swiftly committed by donor
countries, this shortfall will likely impact vital
humanitarian assistance for tens of thousands of people
displaced by the recent fighting," he added.
The UN said that as of 13 April 513,129 have fled the
violence in Libya mostly into neighbouring Egypt and Tunisia.