UN Warns of Looming Food Crisis in Libya

April 28, 2011 Updated: April 28, 2011

The United Nations has warned of a “full-blown food security crisis” in Libya, in the near future.

The ongoing conflict between Moammar Gadhafi’s regime and opposition fighters has severely disrupted food supplies.

According to the U.N. World Food Program, the interruption of port activities and the lack of fuel and hard currency, make it difficult to import large quantities of food into Libya.

U.N. officials say the crisis is expected to occur if food supplies are not increased within 45-60 days.

Among the half-million people who have fled the violence in the country, many used to work in the food production sector, such as bakeries.

Wednesday saw another day of fierce fighting between opposition fighters and forces loyal to Gadhafi.

Gadhafi’s forces managed to retake control over a key border post, while heavy shelling of the Eastern city of Misrata continued.

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