Life gradually returning to normal for many Libyans

The overall humanitarian situation in Libya is improving except for areas where active fighting is still going on according to the United Nations.

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Libya Panos Moumtzis says there has been a marked improvement in the distribution of food, water and access to health services.

He says with the capacity of the Libyan Transitional National Council to respond and meet humanitarian needs improving the United Nations hopes to end the crisis phase of its operations in Libya by the end of November.

He however says the civilian population faces grave danger from unexploded landmines and other weapons left behind at the height of the war.  

"While we have seen a significant improvement in the humanitarian needs, I want to highlight that the conflict is not over yet and there are still humanitarian needs on the ground. The towns of Bani Walid, Sirte are still under siege, these are areas we are hugely concerned about protection of civilians. We have seen thousands of people fleeing and in particular from Bani Walid, to the south but also from Sirte, and of course we would like to see a smooth outcome, a peaceful outcome which will not result to any further displacements to any further loss of life or any further injuries on the ground."

Mr Moumtzis said the United States government has agreed to release 1.5 billion dollars from the Libyan frozen assets to finance humanitarian programmes in the country including the purchase of fuel and payment of salaries.

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