Relief Ship Docks After Rescuing Evacuees from Besieged Libyan City

Published on Thursday 5th May 2011

A ship carrying at least 800 evacuees from Libya's besieged city of Misrata has docked in the eastern rebel stronghold, Benghazi.The vessel, chartered by the International Organization for Migration, arrived at Benghazi Thursday. The group says as many as 50 wounded civilians were on board. Relief workers on the vessel say they waited offshore for three days as NATO minesweepers finished searching for explosives drifting in Misrata's harbor.  The mines were planted by forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, last week. On Wednesday, a rebel spokesman said at least five African migrants were killed in Misrata during shelling by pro-Gadhafi forces. Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the 22-nation Libya Contact Group will discuss financial assistance and other ways to help the Libyan opposition.  She commented from Rome on Thursday shortly before the group's meeting got underway.  The head of Libya's opposition Transitional National Council, Mustafa Abdel-Jalil, is attending the meeting along with NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.In a separate development, British Foreign Secretary William Hague ordered the expulsion of two diplomats from the Libyan embassy in London.  In a Thursday statement, Hague said the behavior of the individuals had become "unacceptable" and they should be declared "persona non grata." In New York Wednesday, International Criminal Court Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo told the United Nations Security Council he has evidence Libya's government committed war crimes.Moreno-Ocampo said he will seek warrants against three Libyans who bear "the greatest criminal responsibility" for crimes against humanity.
Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.


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