UN appeals for more funds to assist Libyans affected by conflict

Nearly 2.1 million people have been affected by the crisis in Libya and are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance according to the United Nations.

UN Humanitarian aid in Libya

UN Humanitarian aid in Libya

This includes 1.6 million people inside Libya and 500,000 who have fled across the borders into Egypt and Tunisia.

UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya Panos Moumtzis says the conflict in the country has caused widespread shortages of essential supplies including food, medical supplies, cash and fuel.

He says the fast changing circumstances and increased operation in Libya have required a major revision of the funding required.

He says the UN will now requires over 407 million dollars to finance operation in Libya up from the initial 310 million dollars.

“We are particularly concerned for the West where 80 per cent of the population lives where we have not had much access so far. Part of my discussions in Tripoli will be looking at the security arrangements to ensure safety of staff to be able to move around. And I want to be able to negotiate with all sides for a humanitarian pause. We want to see every body put down their arms on an agreed timeframe and date or a limited duration, I do not know how many hours that will be, but for us to be able to access Misrata by sea and by land from Tripoli for us to be able to go to the western mountains and from all sides and not to be targeted as humanitarian workers while we are delivering assistance on the ground.”

Since the beginning of the conflict three months ago the United Nations estimates that over 803,000 people have fled Libya.

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