Wednesday, 11/12/2019 | 3:34 UTC+0
Libyan Newswire

Increased EU humanitarian aid for Libya

The EU has increased its humanitarian funding for Libya by €6 million as the conflict endures and needs continue to rise. The funding is addressed to people who have been displaced by the conflict, migrants, refugees and asylum seekers.

Christos Stylianides, EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, said: “The EU will not abandon people in Libya suffering as a result of the conflict. The EU’s impartial and neutral humanitarian response is crucial and is solely given to meet urgent needs. We urge all parties to the conflict to halt attacks against civilians and civilian infrastructures, such as hospitals and schools, and ensure immediate, safe and unrestricted humanitarian access to all people in need”.

The new funds will primarily support the delivery of items such as kitchen sets, blankets and mattresses, as well as health and protection for the most vulnerable people. They will also help humanitarian organisations better assess the situation, so they can improve their response to needs on the ground.

Background

Libya is currently undergoing a political transition, and as a result there are significant security and protection concerns for civilians. The situation is volatile, and violence such as tribal clashes and fighting between militias, is of particular concern.

The conflict is causing shortages of medical supplies, displacement, and disrupting basic services and communications. It has become progressively difficult for people to access food and fuel supplies.

Since the crisis escalated a year ago, the European Commission has mobilised a total of €8.76 million in support of the United Nations, international organisations and international NGOs to respond to humanitarian needs in Libya.

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