Aid Ship Reaches Libyan Rebel-Held Port

Published on Wednesday 27th April 2011

An international aid ship has docked in Libya's rebel-held port of Misrata after NATO airstrikes helped stop a bombardment of the area by pro-government forces. The International Organization for Migration says relief workers began rescuing refugees from the besieged western port and unloading humanitarian aid after the ship pulled into Misrata on Wednesday. Intense shelling by forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi delayed the ship's docking on Tuesday.  At least three migrant workers were reported killed and up to 20 wounded in the assault. Meanwhile, the French News Agency (AFP) says chiefs or representatives from 61 Libyan tribes have called for an end to Gadhafi's rule as fighting continued around the country.  The agency said on Wednesday that French writer Bernard-Henri Levi released a joint statement from the leaders who say the "Libya of tomorrow, once the dictator has gone" will be united. Diplomatic efforts to end the crisis also took place in Ethiopia on Tuesday. Libyan Foreign Minister Abdelati Obeidi urged the African Union (AU) to hold an emergency summit to discuss how to deal with western airstrikes. Obeidi and rebel representatives have been meeting separately with AU officials in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, to discuss an end to the unrest.
Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.


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