TRIPOLI, AUGUST 23 – The Italian ambassador to Libya, Giuseppe Perrone, and Defense Attache, Captain Patrizio Rapalino, on Wednesday delivered 5,000 hygiene and first aid kits to the mayor of the Libyan city Zuwarah.
The humanitarian stockpile was provided by the Italian Cooperation and journeyed to the edge of Libyan territorial waters on the Italian Navy’s vessel Durand de La Penne. There the packages were transboarded onto the Libyan motorboat Kifa, to be taken to the port of Tripoli.
A ceremony in honor of the delivery was held at the Italian
Embassy in the presence of a large group of representatives from the Zuwarah administration. The same quantity of goods were provided on Tuesday to the Libyan Navy and Coast Guard.
Libyan authorities had asked inboxed recent days for these kits to be handed out to migrants intercepted within the country’s search and rescue operations waters and then taken back to Libya.
”With this donation, the Italian Cooperation has responded to an appeal from the Libyan authorities. This is a gesture that confirms our country’s humanitarian commitment at the international level,” Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano said, adding that ”I would also like to thank Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti for the important collaboration between the