TRIPOLI, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- Libya's eastern-based interim government has sent medical supplies to the eastern city of Derna, which has been besieged by the army for nearly three years, a local source said Thursday.
"The medical shipment sent on Wednesday contains specialized medicines the city needs, in addition to an amount of other children vaccinations," Mo'taz Tarabelsi, media officer of the Ministry of Health, told Xinhua.
"This shipment received by the medical stores of Derna's Red Crescent and delivered by the army is not the first and will not be the last," Tarabelsi added.
The interim government's health ministry sent medical supplies on Nov. 1 to the central hospital of Derna, after the hospital called for help to treat a large number of civilians injured by an unidentified airstrike.
Derna has been besieged by the eastern army, led by General Khalifa Haftar, for nearly three years, preventing entry into and exit from the city except for humanitarian aid.