Civillians facing displacement and shortages on both sides of the war in Libya

Libyan refugees

Libyan refugees

 Nearly 100,000 people are displaced in the Libyan capital Tripoli and the rebel held port city of Misrata according to United Nations agencies. An inter agency mission which visited the two cities say there was significant displacement, widespread violence and an urgent need to support Libyan organizations in providing basic supplies and services. The UN refugee agency UNHCR says about 50,000 people are displaced in the Tripoli region with barely sufficient basic supplies. Adrian Edwards from UNHCR says Shortages of essential items including fuel combined with sustained conflict are increasing stress levels for the population.  

“Displaced people we met with seem to be coping, albeit under difficult circumstances. Most are housed in hotels, dormitories and seaside homes. They are being provided with assistance by the Government and some private charities. We are concerned that an aid crisis could be looming. Despite the fact that warehouses are currently well stocked with basic food items it is apparent that the combined impact of protracted conflict and sanctions are eroding the government's ability to effectively deliver assistance. The view of the inter-agency mission was that if this situation continues, international aid is likely to be needed in a matter of weeks.”    

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UNHCR says hospitals in Misrata have registered up to 630 deaths and over 6,000 war wounded since the beginning of the conflict. The agency says it had received reports of up to 1,000 men who have been allegedly kidnapped in Misrata and forcibly recruited to fight alongside the Libyan armed forces.

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