UN still lacks humanitarian access in Libya

As military operations and fighting continue in Libya, the government there is preventing humanitarian aid workers from reaching people who may need the most help.

Escaping from libya

Escaping from libya

The UN humanitarian Coordinator for Libya, Rashid Khalikov, who just got back from a visit to the country says he’s deeply concerned over the fate of civilians there.

He also says leader Muammar al-Qadhafi government is insisting the country has enough food and medical supplies, so will not need international humanitarian assistance.

“We are concerned about the civilians who may lack access to basic services and nearer to areas where fighting took place or is taking place and I think one has to understand the humanitarian situation that is not only limited to requirements in emergency food aid or water supplies or medical supplies or shelter, its also protection of people who find themselves in the middle of cross fire and that is of huge concern to the United Nations humanitarian organizations. World Food Programme (WFP) and UNHCR are sending some assistance to the eastern side of the country, however in order to assess the requirements we need to be inside and we carry out proper humanitarian needs assessments and build our response on the basis of that which we have been unable to do so until now.”

Mr Khalikov said he had spoken to UN member states involved in the enforcement of the no fly zone on the importance of civilian protection and ensuring their military operations were in line with international humanitarian law.

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