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Hundreds of thousands of people have fled Libya amid a violent uprising against Muammar Gaddafi's 41-year rule.

And as protests continue, fears are now growing of a possible humanitarian crisis. As the death toll creeps over 1,000, medical supplies, along with fuel and food, are running dangerously short.

Humanitarian organisations and countries like Turkey and the UAE have put together aid plans for Libya. The oil-rich north African country is also heavily reliant on imports, bringing in 75 per cent of its food from abroad.

Just what is the scale of the humanitarian crisis in Libya and what is being done about it? And could this be part of Muammar Gaddafi's desperate efforts to cling to power?

Inside Story, with presenter Hazem Sika, discusses with Ousama Mustafa, a coordinator for the Libyan aid agency, Tawasil; Abubaker Deghayes, a Libyan human rights activist and member of the British Libyan solidarity campaign; and aid worker Abdul, who has been coordinating the aid which is coming from the Egyptian border into the eastern front of the country.

This episode of Inside Story aired from Sunday, February 27, 2011.

Source: Al Jazeera