WFP: Aid ship reaches Libya, food trucks on way

By REUTERS
March 9, 2011 19:34




LONDON - A ship carrying wheat flour arrived in the rebel-held Libyan port of Benghazi on Wednesday and trucks carrying more aid were due to reach the terminal in the coming days, the World Food Program (WFP) said.

Earlier this month the WFP said food stocks in Libya were depleted and supply chains disrupted due to fighting between government and rebel forces in the country.

"The vessel is being discharged in Benghazi and it is carrying 1,182 metric tons of wheat flour," WFP spokeswoman Caroline Hurford said on Wednesday.

That equates to enough wheat to make about 2.5 million loaves of bread and the WFP said it could feed nearly 95,000 people for a month.

The ship had been turned back from the port last week due to security concerns, the WFP said.

Hurford said five trucks carrying 70 metric tons of fortified high-energy date bars, which crossed over from Egypt, were expected to arrive in Benghazi later in the day.


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