"In mid-February, following civilian demonstrations in Tunisia and Egypt, the people of Libya began protesting against the Muammar Gaddafi-led Libyan government. As unrest rapidly spread throughout the country, Libyan security forces under the authority of Muammar Gaddafi began responding to protesting crowds with increasing violence. Ongoing violence has resulted in large-scale population outflows, protection concerns, and global outcry from the international community regarding human rights violations. In response to the violence, the international community has imposed sanctions on the Libyan regime. In addition, on March 1, the U.N. General Assembly unanimously suspended Libya's membership in the U.N. Human Rights Council. The resolution was adopted by consensus in the 192-nation U.N. General Assembly. On March 2, U.S. Ambassador to Tunisia Gordon Gray declared a disaster due to increasing humanitarian needs on the Tunisia--Libya border. In response, USAID/OFDA provided $50,000 through the U.S. Embassy in Tunis to the Tunisia Red Crescent (TRC) for medical care, shelter, blankets, and other emergency assistance."
USG Humanitarian Fact Sheet #14, Fiscal Year (FY) 2011
United States Agency for International Development: http://usaid.gov/