By Mehmet Nuri Ucar
TRIPOLI (AA) - Turkey's Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) has delivered food packages to 600 Libyan families in capital Tripoli during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which began in the war-torn country last week.
"IHH has distributed 600 food packages to needy families and those displaced from the eastern city of Benghazi," IHH Libya representative Taner Altun told Anadolu Agency on Wednesday.
He said the Turkish charity also plans to send humanitarian aid to needy families in Libya’s southwestern town of Ubari, which has been the scene of deadly tribal violence.
Libya has been locked in a state of violence and turmoil since 2011, when a bloody popular uprising ended with the ouster and death of longtime strongman Muammar Gaddafi.
Since then, the country’s stark political divisions have yielded two rival seats of government -- one in Tobruk and another in capital Tripoli -- each of which boasts its own military capacity and legislative assembly.
Late last year, Libya’s rival governments signed a UN-backed agreement to establish a unity government in an effort to resolve the country’s six-year political standoff.
*Anadolu Agency correspondent Sibel Ugurlu contributed to this report from Ankara