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Libya: Tripoli – Flash Update No. 2 (08 April 2019)

Highlights

Five days into the escalation of clashes in and around Tripoli, the humanitarian community remains concerned about the increasing humanitarian impact of the escalation of violence.

To ensure readiness for an effective response, humanitarians have prepositioned essential relief supplies in multiple strategic locations across Tripoli. However, the provision of assistance depends on the humanitarians' ability to access people in need.

The Humanitarian Coordinator has today reminded all parties of their obligations under International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law to ensure the safety of all civilians and civilian infrastructure, including schools, hospitals, and public utilities, and to allow unimpeded and sustained humanitarian access to all affected areas.

3,400 individuals have been displaced from Tariq Al-Matar, Wadi Al-Gharbi, Ain Zara and Qasr Ben Gashir

1,400 refugees and migrants are currently close to frontlines in the detention centers in Qasr Ben Gashir, Gharyan and Ain Zara

Concerns remain for civilians close to the frontlines and refugees and migrants in detention centers, who are currently unable to seek safety

$190m is the current funding gap against the HRP, while additional funding for the Rapid Response Mechanism is urgently needed

Situation Overview

Five days into the escalation of clashes in and around Tripoli, the humanitarian community remains concerned about the increasing humanitarian impact of the escalation of violence. So far, some 3,400 people have fled their homes in Tariq Al-Matar, Wadi Al-Gharbi, Ain Zara and Qasr Ben Gashir for comparatively safer areas of Tripoli, Tarhouna, Bani Waleed and Tajoura. Most displaced families are currently staying with relatives and acquaintances, while around 25 families arrived in two collective shelters in Tajoura and Ain Zara.

Despite those displacement reports, the United Nations continues to receive confirmation that the civilian population in some areas close to the front line are unable to leave due to the intensity of fighting. In some cases, hostilities also prevent emergency service providers from reaching the population in need. The United Nations are particularly concerned for the safety and security of refugees and migrants in detention centers, especially some 1,400 detainees who are currently in detention centres in close proximity to affected areas, in Ain Zara, Gharyan and Qasr Ben Gashir. On 8 April, the LNA announced the intention to transfer refugees and migrants from Qasr Bin Ghasheer and Ain Zara to Zintan detention centre (180 km southwest of Tripoli) or the Gharyan detention centre, however, at the time of writing this report, no transfers had taken place. UN agencies are advocating with the concerned authorities to facilitate the transfer of vulnerable detainees to safe locations, and maintain that an alternative solution to detention needs to be found.

The Humanitarian community in Libya stands ready to assist civilians impacted by the clashes, as needed. To ensure readiness for an effective response, humanitarians have prepositioned essential relief supplies in multiple strategic locations in Tripoli. However, the provision of assistance depends on the humanitarians' ability to access people in need. The Humanitarian Coordinator, Maria Valle Ribeiro, has today reminded all parties of their obligations under International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law to ensure the safety of all civilians and civilian infrastructure, including schools, hospitals, and public utilities, and to allow for unimpeded and sustained humanitarian access to all affected areas.

The security situation in and around Tripoli remains volatile. While fighting on the southern axis temporarily halted in the early morning hours of 8 April, it since resumed and armed clashes were reported in the vicinity of Al-Zahraa Bridge and south of Al-Swani district. Clashes with heavy weapons also renewed in Qasr Ben Ghashir and Wadi Al-Gharbi, where many civilians remain unable to leave, while shelling on residential areas also caused material damage to civilian homes. Several airstrikes were reported today on Mitiga Airport, causing some material damage, noting here that since the declaration of the no-fly-zone over western Libya, no UNHAS or UNSMIL flights had been able to depart from Tripoli. Prior to the airstrikes, early in the morning, IOM assisted some 23 Somalis from Somaliland to return to Hargeisa, departing from Mitiga airport.

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

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