Washington: In the strife-torn Libya, some 2,000 foreigners remained in the western Libyan port town of Misrata, are still hoping to be evacuated, US officials have said.

Forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi have been pushed out of rebel-held Misrata but rockets continue to hit Libya's third city, rebel sources said on Monday.

"As on Tuesday, we know about 2,000 third country nationals who are in Misrata and require evacuation," said Reuben Brigety, a senior State Department official who handles refugee issues.

Ships providing aid to rebels in Misrata are able to take some of the refugees, Brigety told reporters.

“There is no need for further food aid at this point in Misrata. We feel the stockpiles are sufficient," said Mark Bartolini, USAID Director, of Foreign Disaster Assistance.

For those foreigners left in Misrata, a US ship carrying 560 tons of vegetable oil and 270 tons of pinto beans destined for Libya delivered its cargo on Monday to the Egyptian port of Alexandria.

Some of that shipment has been distributed but the bulk of the aid is being pre-positioned for distribution in Libya by the World Food Program (WFP).
 
(Agencies)