Libya aid push constrained by insecurity

A recent wave of violence between various militia groups vying for power is sweeping across parts of Libya, prompting international organizations to put forth an ambitious plan to provide humanitarian aid to 85,000 people by the end of this year. Yet concerns remain over the feasibility of such an operation with ongoing security risks, access issues and communication problems. Full report

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