Long Libyan war - Red Cross prepares

2011-05-23 22:10

Geneva - The International Committee of the Red Cross says the Libyan war could drag on through the end of the year and it will need another $53m if that happens.

The ICRC's deputy head of operations for North and West Africa told reporters on Monday the money would boost its current budget to $87m to ease problems due to the fighting since the Libyan uprising began February 15.

Georgios Georgantas said ICRC expects 850 000 people will need its help there by the end of 2011. It has 95 staff in Libya to fulfil its mission of helping people caught up in violence.

He said "the conflict could go on until the end of the year," but the humanitarian crisis is growing and "we have to be prepared for the worst".

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