UN revises appeal for Libya

refugee camp in Libya

refugee camp in Libya

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.

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 mean a major revision of the funding required is needed.

He says the UN now requires more than 407 million dollars to finance the operation in Libya, an increase in the initial estimation of 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."

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

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