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- UNHCR Update Libya (17 January 2020)
Armed clashes and indiscriminate shelling continue to impact multiple locations in and around Tripoli, including Abuselim, AlHadba and Khallet Ferjan inside the southern parts of Tripoli city, and Ain Zara, Souq al-Juma'a and Tajoura districts, east of Tripoli.
Some 32,000 displaced individuals have been identifies and at least 89 civilian casualties, including 20 fatalities, have been verified since the beginning of the conflict. (This figure includes only those cases that could be individually verified and should be considered a minimum.)
This number includes the death of two children in the early morning hours of 19 April in Qasr Bin Ghashir. Armed clashes further affected civilian infrastructure, with damage to the electricity supply system causing power outages in Khallet Ferjan.
On 19 April, a joint statement by UNICEF Executive Director, and Virginia Gamba, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict highlighted that nearly 1,800 children are among civilians who urgently need evacuation from areas under frontline fighting, while 7,300 children have already been displaced from their homes by the raging violence. Children are estimated to represent some 27 per cent of the at-risk refugees and migrants trapped in detention centres identified as in or near conflict areas.
Humanitarian actors continue to provide life-saving assistance to the affected population, to the degree that the security situation and access allow. Areas south of Ain Zara, Khala, Azizya, Wadi Rabiya'a and Gasr Bin Ghashir are largely inaccessible to humanitarian actors due to fighting and random shelling. Explosives devices placed on roads are reportedly hampering the evacuation of civilians from conflict-affected areas. The humanitarian community continues to call for a humanitarian truce, so that civilians trapped in conflict areas can move to safety and that humanitarian partners can reach people in need.
32,100 people internally displaced by ongoing hostilities
89 civilian casualties confirmed, including 20 civilian deaths
18,500 people assisted with some form of humanitarian assistance since the onset of crisis
$10.2M funding required for Tripoli Flash Appeal
On the night of 19 April shelling was again reported in some of the most densely populated areas of Tripoli, including Ain Zara, Souq al-Juma'a and Tajoura districts, east of Tripoli, and grad rockets were reported in the Abuselim, AlHadba and Qasr Bin Ghasheer areas, south of Tripoli. On 19 April, a rocket fell in Qasr Bin Ghashir killing two children and injuring two others. At least 89 civilian casualties, including 20 deaths, have occurred since the beginning of the conflict. These included four health workers: two doctors and one ambulance driver killed and one doctor injured.
On 19 April, a joint statement by UNICEF and the UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict highlighted the impact on children of the current crisis in Tripoli, stressing that all parties to the conflict must fulfil their obligations to protect children at all times in compliance with international law. Nearly 1,800 children are in urgent need of evacuation from frontline areas. Grave violations of children's rights � including the killing, injuring and recruitment of children as well as attacks on education, medical and water facilities � are of concern. Children are estimated to represent some 27 per cent of the at-risk refugees and migrants trapped in detention centers located in or near conflict areas.
Approximately 2,000 new IDPs were recorded on 19 April, bringing the total number of people displaced since the beginning of the conflict to 32,100, according to DTM-IOM. (This figure does not necessarily reflect the actual number of IDPs displaced during the last 24-hour period, only those identified by IOM-DTM during that reporting timeframe.) Most IDP families have been identified in different neighbourhoods and suburbs of Tripoli, as well as in areas along the coastline of western Libya and the Nafusa mountains. The majority of IDPs are staying with family and in private accommodations, while over 2,250 IDPs are currently sheltered in 16 collective centers set up by local authorities. 7,300 children have been displaced from their homes by violence.
Areas south of Ayn Zara, Khala, Azizya, Wadi Rabiya'a and Gasr Bin Ghashir are largely inaccessible due to fighting and random shelling. Explosives devices placed on roads are reportedly hampering evacuation of civilians from conflict-affected areas. The humanitarian community continues to call for a humanitarian truce to be negotiated, and humanitarian corridors to be established, so that civilians trapped in conflict areas can move to safety and humanitarian partners can reach people in need. The failure of parties to the conflict to nominate humanitarian focal points remains a key obstacle.
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs