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As Libya's conflict deepens, nations weigh long-term options

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As the UN works to ensure that humanitarian assistance reaches those in need throughout Libya, Valerie Amos, the UN’s undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief has requested access to the city of Misratah after it was reportedly retaken by government forces. It is the third largest city in Libya, reports Xinhua.

“Humanitarian organizations need urgent access now. People are injured and dying and need help immediately,” said Ms. Amos. “I call on the authorities to provide access without delay to allow aid workers to help save lives.”

The UN’s efforts come amid calls from prominent Republicans in US to increase American assistance to rebel forces. Sen. John McCain (R) of Arizona said the US should provide humanitarian assistance, in addition to potentially “providing technical assistance, intelligence and training; and by declaring support for a provisional government,” reports the Wall Street Journal. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R) of Kentucky has suggested that providing insurgents with munitions could also be an option.

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