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Tripoli: April Clashes, Humanitarian Update – Facts and Figures #7 (16 April 2019)

Overview of Key Developments:

About ten days into the start of clashes in Tripoli, displacement numbers continue to steadily increase and a significant number of families who require evacuations cannot be reached.

Some 24,400 individuals have been displaced since the onset of fighting as per DTM. This represents a 12-fold increase only in the last nine days, from 7 April to 16 April. Insufficient service availability of electricity, water and telecommunications in south Tripoli may trigger further displacement.

Some 1,400 requests have been received to evacuate from conflict-affected areas.

However, due to continued fighting and lack of a humanitarian pause, only 60 per cent of requests could be addressed.

Protection Concerns remain high for civilians trapped in conflict areas and first responders. Some 1,100 refugees and migrants in the QBG and Gharyan Detention Centres (DCs) are at high risk.

Additional 3,600 refugees and migrants in other Tripoli DCs could be at higher risk should the conflict escalate. 14 civilian fatalities including three medical staff, were reported since the onset of the fighting.

Around 6,000 people have been reached with multi-sectoral assistance, including food, shelter and NFIs, health services, WASH and protection services.

Key Concerns:

HUMANITARIAN ACCESS: Humanitarian access remains hampered by the continuous fighting which prevents humanitarian partners from reaching people in need of assistance and protection. The humanitarian community calls all parties to the conflict to abide by International Humanitarian Law and ensure civilians are protected from attacks and have access to medical facilities and humanitarian assistance. Humanitarian partners also call for a temporary humanitarian truce to allow the delivery of life-saving assistance.

UPSURGE IN DISPLACEMENT: An increasing number of people have been displaced since the onset of the fighting. A ten-fold increase has been recorded in only eight days, from 7 to 15 April. Further displacement is expected, should armed clashed advance further towards or into the city. Local authorities are identifying alternative collective shelters should current centres come under fire.

EVACUATION AND RELOCATION: To date, out of 1,400 requests for evacuation only 60 percent could be addressed. Allowing stranded civilians and those wounded to move out of areas of clashes remain a priority for the international community. Relocating refugees and migrants from Detention Centres at high risk due to their exposure to the conflict to comparatively safer areas remains another priority to the humanitarian community.

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs