Libya could soon run out of life-saving medicines: U.N.

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Posted: Feb 23, 2016 4:44 AM

By Michael Georgy

CAIRO (Reuters) - Libya faces severe shortages of life-saving medicine and about one million people will soon be in dire need of help, a U.N. humanitarian official warned, as warring factions hamper efforts to end chaos and form a unity government.

"Our estimation is that by the end of march, Libya may run out of life saving medications which will impact about one million people.” said Ali Al-Za'tari, the United Nations humanitarian coordinator for the North African country.

"If there is no medication and medical supplies coming in that will be a real issue for Libya."

Al-Za'tari was due to meet Arab League delegates on a visit to Cairo to try and win support for U.N. efforts to ease what he calls a humanitarian crisis in Libya.

(editing by Janet McBride)