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OVERVIEW OF HUMANITARIAN NEEDS IN LIBYA
The humanitarian crisis in Libya has been caused by a conflict that is set against a backdrop of vulnerability in Libya from seven years of instability and socio-economic deterioration.
An estimated 823,000 people, including around 248,000 children are in need of humanitarian assistance as a result of persisting political instability, conflict and insecurity, the breakdown of the rule of law, a deteriorating public sector and dysfunctional economy.
Fighting continues in and around Tripoli, with armed clashes, airstrikes and the use of heavy artillery impacting civilians and civilian infrastructure, in violation of international humanitarian law. The humanitarian situation has deteriorated in conflict-affected areas, with cuts to electricity and water supply and shortages of essential items such as food, safe drinking water, medicine and fuel. Many civilians are trapped by frontline fighting, and are unable to move to safer areas due to armed clashes, random shelling and roadblocks. Some 3,000 refugees and migrants remain trapped in detention centres exposed to or at risk of armed clashes.
In eastern Libya, the latest conflict in the Old City area of Derna in January/February 2019 led to further displacement in the mantika. In the same period some 1,800 people were displaced and about 37,300 individuals returned to Derna since the beginning of the conflict in the area. Some IDPs among the 12,000 who fled from Benghazi to Tripoli are concerned about their safety due to perceived affiliation.
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs