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Second Russian plane carrying humanitarian aid heads for Libya

RIA Novosti

11:46 07/07/2011 MOSCOW, July 7 (RIA Novosti) - Another plane from the Russian Emergencies Ministry carrying humanitarian aid for Libya left Moscow for Tripoli on Thursday, a statement from the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

"At 09.01 Moscow time [05.01 GMT] a Russian Emergencies Ministry's Il-76 plane departed from Ramenskoye Moscow Region's airdrome to Tripoli," the statement reads. "The plane will deliver 36 tons of humanitarian aid."

On Wednesday, a Russian Emergencies Ministry's Ilyushin Il-76 aircraft delivered 36 metric tons of humanitarian aid to the Libyan city of Benghazi. The aid included rice, sugar, canned milk and fish.

Libya has been rocked by fighting between pro- and anti-Gaddafi forces since mid-February.

An international military operation in Libya began on March 19, following a UN resolution authorizing countries "to take all necessary measures" to help protect Libyan civilians from attacks by Gaddafi forces, and was extended until late September.

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