Misrata airport would be tricky lifeline: agencies

Published on 13 May 2011

Reports that Libyan rebels have captured the airport in the western city of Misrata could herald a new lifeline for the beleaguered population, but using the airfield could prove hazardous, aid agencies said on Thursday. (..) The World Food Programme (WFP), a United Nations agency, also gave a cautious welcome to reports on the airport being in rebel hands. It could not confirm any rebel victory there. "It would provide an additional route for humanitarian supplies but our preference would still be to use the port as ships can carry more material than aircraft which are also more costly," WFP spokeswoman Emilia Casella told Reuters.

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