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“The situation on the ground was very tense with ongoing fighting,” Hichem Khadraoui, the ICRC delegate in charge of the operation, said in a statement.

“Under such conditions, we had to limit ourselves — after obtaining clearances from all the parties concerned — to bringing in the most urgently needed humanitarian aid without further assessing needs. We hope to return soon,” he added.

Efforts to get Libya’s oil industry back on its feet also continued.

British company Heritage Oil PLC said Tuesday that it has acquired a controlling interest in a Libyan company licensed to provide oil field services including offshore and land-based drilling.

Heritage said it paid $19.5 million for a 51 percent stake in Sahara Oil Services Holdings Ltd. Heritage said the acquisition will allow it to play a significant role in Libya’s oil and gas industry.

Sahara Oil Services was established in 2009 and is based in the eastern city of Benghazi, the birthplace of the anti-Gadhafi uprising that began in mid-February.

Heritage established a base in Benghazi this year and has been dealing with senior members of the National Transitional Council, the company said.

Associated Press writer Robert Barr in London contributed to this report.