U.N. Raises Libya Aid Appeal to $407.8 Million


The United Nations on Wednesday raised its aid funding appeal to $407.8 million from $310 million to help over two million people affected by the Libyan conflict.

The sum would extend aid to September 2011, and would help 1.6 million people within Libya, as well as 500,000 others who have fled the country.

The U.N. said in its aid appeal report that "emerging trends in the crisis include pockets of acute humanitarian need in places like Misrata, but in most of the country, the situation is not critical yet."

Nevertheless, "the potential for a worsening of the humanitarian situation is very much present, with food, fuel and medical stocks running low, shortages of personnel in key sectors such as health, and no end in sight to the political situation which has divided the country."

Donors have so far provided about 43 percent of the required amount.

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