UN aid chief calls for pause in Libya conflict


The UN’s Valerie Amos has called for a pause in the fighting in order to ease the worsening humanitarian crisis.

Baroness Amos told the UN Security Council that the city of Misrata, currently the rebel’s only base in western Libya, was short of food and water. The city has been under fire from pro-Gaddafi forces for two months.

Speaking of the country-wide situation, she said:

“Widespread shortages are paralysing the country in ways which will impact gravely on the general population in the months ahead, particularly for the poorest and the most vulnerable”

She also repeated calls for financial assistance, saying that an appeal for £88m had only half been met.