Head of Iran's Rescue and Relief Organization Mahmoud Mozaffar
Source: Press TV
Head of Iran's Rescue and Relief Organization Mahmoud Mozaffar says the Islamic Republic is ready to dispatch the third humanitarian aid cargo to Libya.
“The third humanitarian aid shipment of Iran's Red Crescent Society (IRCS) for the displaced foreign citizens of Libya living at Ras al-Jadir on Tunisian-Libyan border will be dispatched on July 15,” Mozaffar said on Saturday.
“The shipment includes 40 tons of medication, tents, blankets and different kinds of canned food,” IRNA quoted Mozaffar as saying.
Mozaffar added that an eight-member rescue and medical team would also be sent to the area to set up tents and provide medical services.
NATO launched a major air campaign against the forces of the Libyan regime in mid-March, saying the UN Security Council Resolution 1973 gave them a mandate to “protect the Libyan population.”
However, scores of civilians have been killed in Libya since the US-led forces launched aerial and sea attacks on the Arab-African country.
Libyan troops loyal to the ruling dictator Muammar Gaddafi have also killed thousands of civilians since a revolution started in the North African country in mid-February.
Iran has sent two aid shipments for the displaced Libyans who have been caught in the fight between revolutionaries and forces loyal to Gaddafi.
Nearly 700 thousand immigrants and workers live in Libya, most of whom are moving towards the Libyan border with Tunisia.