Thursday, 23/1/2020 | 4:26 UTC+0
Libyan Newswire

Libyan Red Crescent Society Continues Aid Operations As Fighting Intensifies [press release]

As the acts of violence continue to take place in different Libyan cities, forcing thousands of people to flee their hometowns in search of a safe refuge across the border or inside the country, Libyan Red Crescent Society (LRCS) volunteers have kept up their rescue and relief efforts, whether in evacuating those trapped in violence-hit towns or in providing vulnerable communities with life-saving support.

In the city of Benghazi, where violence has been escalating and causing the most damage, LRCS volunteers have helped transferring several critical medical cases, like newborn babies or patients in the Intensive Care Unit, from Republic Hospital and the 7th of October Hospital to Benghazi Medical Centre and Al Hawari Hospital. Medical staff and other employees, whether Libyans or foreigners, were also transferred to the Benghazi Medical Centre and Al Safwa Hospital while Ibn Sina clinic was readied to receive birth cases.

LRCS Volunteers in Benghazi also resorted to the use of social media to disseminate messages covering preventive guidelines and aice concerning war remnants, the importance to avoid conflict zones and protecting houses from the threat of bullets.

In a related matter, the Libyan Red Crescent Society was able to facilitate reaching a ceasefire agreement in the regions of Al Bilad and Souq Al Hout to evacuate 59 civilian families of different nationalities – among them Libyans, Egyptians, Moroccans, and Algerians – and relocate them to safer zones.

Meanwhile, in the Libyan capital Tripoli, LRCS volunteers distributed cleaning kits, food rations, mattresses and blankets to 79 displaced families who escaped the western side of the city where fierce clashes are taking place. Moreover, food parcels, water bottles and medical supplies were provided to the field hospital near the town of Kikla, awaiting to be delivered to the families who were affected by the ongoing violence.

Also in the district of Misrata, LRCS volunteers distributed food items, blankets and baby milk to 1,000 out of 3,500 families who escaped violence in Ubari, Wershfana, Qina and Benghazi.

Libyan Red Crescent branches in the cities of Marj and Al Bayda received hundreds of mattresses and pillows from LRCS General Secretariat to be offered to displaced families in these areas. In the meantime, volunteers continue to aid and transport the injured from the Sidi Khalifa area in Benghazi to al Marj Hospital.

The Ajdabiya branch, meanwhile, has set up refugee camps to accommodate families fleeing Benghazi as volunteers in Ubari conducted medical tests on tens of African expats in the country. The Ubari branch had received one of three first aid kits from the International Committee of the Red Cross delegation that were given away to different branches in the country.

As several cities in the country have been the scene of major violent events which have so far killed hundreds of civilians and displaced thousands others, the Libyan Red Crescent Society remains one of the few organizations present on the ground and able to reach the affected communities.

Since the onset of the Libyan crisis, LRCS volunteers have been mobilised and deployed to respond to the urgent emerging needs of the vulnerable population, whether in evacuating them or in providing them with urgent assistance and basic needs such as food, medicines as well as psycho-social support.

The LRCS’ efforts have been supported by those of the Tunisian Red Crescent Society as thousands of Libyan and expats in Libya have fled to the border between both countries to escape the violence.

Source : International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies