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Libyan Newswire

Libya: Tripoli Clashes Situational Report No.17 (As of 25 April 2019)

HIGHLIGHTS

On 24 April, UNHCR and IOM evacuated 328 refugees and migrants from the Qasr bin Ghashir detention centre (DC).

The transfer was conducted after 12 individuals were injured when an armed group entered the DC the previous day. The relocation was carried out with support from the Libyan authorities, UNSMIL and OCHA, who facilitated a humanitarian corridor to make the transfer possible.

Over 3,300 refugees and migrants remain trapped in detention centres located in conflict-affected areas or in areas at risk of armed conflict. Of these, approximately 1,000 are children. The international humanitarian community continues to call for these individuals to be immediately released and provided with safe shelter until their asylum claims can be processed or they can be provided with safe repatriation assistance for reunification with their families. The principle of non-refoulement must be respected.

Funding levels remain low, while needs continue to increase. In order to be able to sustain the current level of response to conflict-affected people in Libya, humanitarian partners urgently seek US$10.2 million in funding are through the Tripoli Flash Appeal.

SITUATION OVERVIEW

On 24 April, UNHCR and IOM transferred 328 refugees and migrants from the Qasr bin Ghashir detention centre (DC) to Azzawya DC. The transfer was conducted after 12 individuals were injured when an armed group entered the DC the previous day. All injured were transferred to hospital on 23 April. The relocation was carried out with support from the Libyan authorities, UNSMIL and OCHA, who facilitated a humanitarian corridor to make the transfer possible. Upon arrival at Azzawya DC, the refugees and migrants were provided with key aid items and medical care by UNHCR and IMC. The Qasr Bin Ghashir DC is one of the DCs most exposed to conflict. As of this reporting, 353 refugees and migrants remain in the camp, who are scheduled to be transferred today (25 April) to Azzawya DC, located in a relatively safer area, with the goal of completely evacuating Qasr Bin Ghashir DC. The relocation is the fourth UNHCR-oraganized transfer since the recent escalation of conflict in Libya, with more than 825 refugees and migrants transferred from the Ain Zara, Abu Salim, Qasr Bin Ghasheer, Tajoura and Zintan detention centres in the past two weeks.

Concern remains high for some 3,300 refugees and migrants who remain trapped in detention centres close to the front lines. Five detention centres are in areas already engulfed by fighting. Six more are in close proximity to areas where the clashes are taking place. The situation in these detention centres is increasingly desperate � there are reports of guards abandoning their posts and leaving people trapped inside. One facility (Gharyan) has reportedly been without drinking water for days. LNA Troops are also reported to be located within the DC, threatening the civilian nature of the site and putting the detainees at even greater risk. In Al Sabaa DC, rations of one meal a day are being reported as a result of food shortages. On 22 April, a woman gave birth without medical assistance in Qasr Bin Ghashir DC due to ambulances refusing to respond to calls for medical assistance there. Negotiations are currently ongoing to move more refugees and migrants who are currently in detention centres located in close proximity to the frontlines to safer areas.

Civilian casualties: Verified civilian casualty figures remain unchanged over the past 48 hours. Health sector confirms at least 90 civilian casualties, including 21 fatalities that have been verified since the beginning of the conflict.1 These casualties include medical personnel, women and children, and at least one foreign national.

Displacement: According to latest DTM-IOM figures, more than 37,500 persons have now fled their homes as a result of armed conflict.2 In the past 48 hours, nearly 1,500 new IDPs were identified in Suq Alkhamees, Misrata, Garabolli, Janzour and areas of Tripoli.

Humanitarian access: Areas south of Ayn Zara, Khala, Azizya, Wadi Rabiya'a and Gasr Bin Ghashir remain largely inaccessible due to fighting and random shelling. On 24 April, IOM was unable to access Gharyan DC due to heavy military vehicles on the road. On the same day, The commander of Al Sabaa DC refused access to an IOM medical team, threatening that organizations would not be let in until a generator is provided to help with the electricity and water situation at the DC.

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

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