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Libyan Newswire

UNICEF Libya Flash Update: Western Libya Emergency Response, 04 – 20 April 2019

Situation in numbers

1.5 million people affected

500,000 children affected

32,125 Population displaced

Response

6,970 People reached with hygiene items

1,185 Children reached with psychosocial and recreational services

20,100 People reached with health care services

Humanitarian Situation Overview

On Thursday 04th of April, the Libyan National Army (LNA) initiated a military offensive into western Libya with the objective of taking over Tripoli. The Government of National Accord (GNA) and affiliated armed groups, however, resisted these advances resulting in heavy fighting on the outskirts of Tripoli. Civilians have been caught in the midst of cross-fire which has resulted in large scale displacement and a number of civilian casualties.

An estimated 1.5 million people in the Western Libya, including 500,000 children, have been affected by the ongoing conflict. 227 casualties and 1,128 injuries, including 20 civilian casualties and 69 wounded have been reported thus far. Approximately 32,125 people have been forced to flee from their homes in Tripoli. Power cuts, disruption in water supply and food price hikes have deepened vulnerabilities of the affected families.

Thus far, 17 collective centres have been established by the Tripoli crisis committee to host displaced populations fleeing violence and conflict. Tripoli's healthcare system has been heavily overloaded by the ongoing clashes: many health facilities in Tripoli are understaffed and overwhelmed.

Children bear the brunt of the conflict. The academic school year has been suspended in conflict affected areas, impacting some 122,088 children in nine municipalities near Tripoli. Many schools have been closed as teachers are not able to report to work and parents are reluctant to send their children to school, fearing for their safety. Ten schools in Tripoli and Azzawiya have been turned into collective centres hosting displaced families.

On the 15th April, the Ministry of Education reported that one of the Ministry's warehouses was shelled and thousands of textbooks and examination results were burnt.

Increased levels of psychosocial stress have been reported by child protection partners working in collective centres and parents have been struggling to console their children.

Over 4,500 migrants and refugees, including 1,000 children are in eight detention centres close to the conflict lines and are in serious need of food, water, health care and protection services.

Source: UN Children's Fund

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