More rockets strike Libya's Mistrata, humanitarian situation worsens
A fresh hail of government rockets crashed into the Libyan city of Misrata on Friday
after Western allies denounced a "medieval siege" of the city and vowed to keep bombing
Muammar Gaddafi's forces until he stepped down. A local doctor told reporters that
at least eight people died and seven others were wounded in the second day of intense
bombardment of Misrata, a lone rebel bastion in western Libya.
humanitarian organizations are working hard to access those affected by the conflict,
and assist those displaced by the fighting.
One of the issues the International
Committee of the Red Cross is currently addressing is the risks of unexploded and
abandoned ordnance. ICRC has sent a delegate to do weapon contamination assessment
– something that too often goes unaddressed until after conflicts have been resolved.
he has seen so far is really worrying,” said Christian Cardon, ICRC spokesperson for
the Libyan conflict. “Lots of vehicles, tanks… on the road close to Benghazi and Ajdabiya
and other cities that represent a major danger for the local population. And obviously
all the unexploded ammunitions that we can find surrounding those tanks.”
plans on sending additional specialists to Libya to assist local authorities in destroying
these ammunitions and raise awareness among the population of their dangers.
to Christian Cardon’s full interview with Kelsea Brennan-Wessels: