Thousands of Libyans displaced by fighting

Thousands of Libyans have been displaced in the east of the country, taking refuge in homes, schools and university halls, according to the UN refugee agency UNHCR.

Migrants fleeing Libya

Migrants fleeing Libya

Those who managed to flee to the Egyptian side of the border say there were displacement in the towns of Ajdabiya, Derna and Tubruk.

UNHCR over 40,000 Libyans have crossed the border into Tunisia and Egypt.

Adrian Edwards from UNHCR says the provision of humanitarian assistance inside Libya remains a big challenge.

“There are reported shortages of medical supplies and basic commodities in the eastern part of the country, with prices having increased dramatically. Libyans at the Egyptian border told UNHCR that they feared reprisal attacks by pro-government supporters in eastern parts of the country. They said people are afraid to go out after 4 pm. Some have seen their homes completely destroyed. Responding to reports of internal displacement, UNHCR will send truck loads of aid tomorrow on a WFP convoy to Benghazi. This will include 5,000 blankets and 5,000 sleeping mats for people camped out in schools, universities and with families.”

Meanwhile, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) says over 9,700 sub-Saharan African Migrants have so far crossed into Niger from Libya.

IOM says that a convoy of over 70 trucks carrying African migrants is expected to cross into Niger within the next few days.

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