The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN has warned of deterioration in food security in Libya as 700.000 people are in need for urgent food assistance in the country.

FAO said in a report that assessed 45 countries, that those counties are in need of external assistance for food, naming Libya as one of them in the report that said global food commodity prices rose for the ninth consecutive month in February, with quotations for sugar and vegetable oils increasing the most.

FAO said there was a severe food insecurity coupled with the lack of political and economic stability as well as the increasing food prices with 1.3 million people in need for humanitarian assistance.

FAO indicated that half of the people who need humanitarian assistance are internally displaced or immigrants living in or passing through Libya, saying conflict affected agricultural work in line with the increasing prices of food commodities for the ninth consecutive month as of last February.