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WFP Libya Situation Report #18, February 2019


In February 2019, WFP assisted 52,989 people, who received food rations to cover their basic food needs.

Heavy fighting led to dozens of casualties and prevented food distributions from taking place in and around Murzuq in southwest Libya.

WFP urgently requires funding to continue operating the UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) for Libya.

In Numbers

820,000 people in need of humanitarian assistance

298,000 people in need of food assistance

52,989 people assisted by WFP in February 2019

Situation Update

Dozens of people were killed in fighting throughout February in and around the Muzruq Region, 100km south of Sebha. This fighting prevented WFP distributions from taking place in the area. The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) released a statement reminding all parties of their obligations to guarantee the protection of civilians and the country's resources � which belong to all Libyans - by avoiding targeting economic facilities and putting civilians in harm's way.

In early February, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs' (OCHA) Derna Flash Update reported that fighting in the old city of Derna intensified, and reportedly resulted in substantial numbers of civilian casualties. A subsequent visit to the city by the Humanitarian Coordinator was the first UN mission to Derna in five years. In a follow-up statement, the Humanitarian Country Team in Libya warned of the dire consequences of the compounded humanitarian crisis in Derna, and called for unconditional, unimpeded and sustained humanitarian access to the affected civilians in Derna.

Source: World Food Programme