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A further escalation of violence in and around Tripoli led to an upsurge in displacement, with 1,675 new displacements reported over the last 24 hours. This brings the current total of IDPs to 4,500, and numbers are expected increase further, should violence prevail.
Humanitarian partners are extremely concerned with regards to the disproportionate and indiscriminate use of explosive weapons in highly inhabited areas and urban settings, and call on parties to the conflict to protect civilian infrastructure, such as schools, medical facilities and power stations.
The humanitarian community is further alarmed by reports that emergency service providers are often unable to reach civilians in need, and in some cases reported to have been targeted by parties to the conflict.
4,500 individuals have been displaced since the onset of fighting, noting that 1,675 of them were displaced in the last 24 hours
50,000+ children living in Tripoli are at immediate threat, and tens of thousands more in other areas could be potentially affected
Concerns remain for the protection of civilians trapped in areas close to the frontlines, unable to flee violence and to access services
$190m is the current funding gap against the HRP, while additional funding for the Rapid Response Mechanism is urgently needed
The security situation in and around Tripoli remained volatile, with continued armed clashes reported on the Wadi al-Rabie, the Qasr Ben Gashir and the Ain Zara axes, and airstrikes from both sides in Souq alKhamis and al-Shwayrif.
The further escalation of violence has led to an upsurge in displacement, with 1,675 new displacements reported over the last 24 hours. The total number of IDPs now amounts to nearly 4,500 individuals, and displacement number are likely to increase further, should violence prevail.
Severe protection concerns prevail, as the escalation of violence is taking an increasing toll on the civilian population. Many civilians in Libya and detained refugees and migrants are currently unable to flee the violence due to their proximity to the conflict. Over 500,000 children living in Tripoli are at immediate threat and tens of thousands more in other areas could become potentially affected. The ability of emergency services to access civilians in need remains restricted, including the Libyan entities who are evacuating families from conflict-affected areas in southern Tripoli, such as Hay Al-Kayekh, Wadi Al-Rabee, Ain Zara, Qasr Ben Ghashir, Al-Naqlia and Azizia. Emergency service providers have reported incidents where they were not permitted by armed actors to access areas with civilians in need, and incidents where they felt they were targeted by armed forces. Reports were received of two aid workers being killed whilst on duty.
Humanitarian partners are further extremely concerned of the disproportionate and indiscriminate use of explosive weapons in highly inhabited areas and urban settings, and call on parties to the conflict to protect civilian infrastructure, such as water and sanitation installations, schools, medical facilities, humanitarian warehouses, and power stations.
In light of the current insecurity in Libya's capital, UNHCR relocated more than 150 refugees from the Ain Zara detention centre in south Tripoli to UNHCR's Gathering and Departure Facility on 09 April. This relocation of detained refugees was the first relocation since the recent escalation of violence.
The humanitarian community continues to work to support the people of Libya, and the Humanitarian Coordinator, on 9 April, urged all parties to the conflict in a statement (here) to guarantee unhindered humanitarian access, unconditional medical evacuations and the protection and safety of civilians caught up in conflict zones.
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs