Opposing sides in Libya conflict urged to protect civilians

Government forces and insurgents fighting for control in Libya have been urged by the United Nations to protect civilians following reports of heavy bombardments in western Libya.

Family in Lybia

It’s still unclear how many people have been injured and killed during the three-week uprising to remove Libyan leader Muammar Qhadafi from power.

The newly appointed UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya, Mr. Rashid Khalikov said in Cairo, Egypt, that nearly 250,000 people, mainly foreign workers of various nationalities have fled Libya.

“Of course, we share the concern about the freedom of movement inside Libya and the ability to flee the country for those who wanted it and have concerns about African migrant workers. United Nations Under-Secretary-General Affairs for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, last night called on all parties to the conflict to protect civilians after the heavy fighting and bombardments that are reportedly taking place.”

Mr. Khalikov said the government of Libya has agreed to allow UN experts into the country to monitor the humanitarian situation.

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