UAE relief ships arrive in Benghazi

Last Updated: Wed, Mar 16, 2011 17:20 hrs

Benghazi (Libya), March 16 (IANS/WAM) Two cargo ships carrying 700 tonnes of humanitarian assistance Wednesday arrived at Bengazi seaport for help to the people in Libya, the country which is witnessing massive anti-government protests.

As part of a joint UAE-Turkey relief programme, the ships, which set sail from the Turkish seaport of Mersin, carried about $4 million worth of humanitarian aid, including medicines, food staples, blankets and potable water.

UAE Ambassador to Libya Sultan Rashid Al Kitoub said the assistance was dispatched after instructions by UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan for rushing urgent relief to the people affected by ongoing political crisis in Libya.

'The UAE has been among the first responders to the humanitarian appeal to Libya,' he added.

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