Conflict has displaced thousands in Libya, says UN envoy

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Tarek Mitri, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL). UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

The conflict in Libya has continued, forcing thousands of people to flee their homes, according to the top UN envoy in the country.

Mr. Tarek Mitri, the head of the UN Mission in Libya on Wednesday briefed the Security Council on the situation in the country.

He said armed confrontations, which are both the cause and result of deep divisions among Libyan political factions have been unprecedented in their gravity.

Mr.  Mitri said that since he last briefed the Council in July, armed battles, inflamed by air strikes continued almost uninterrupted in Tripoli, Benghazi and other parts of the country.

"In Tripoli, we have seen an unprecedented movement of population in an attempt to escape the fighting. Conservative figures for those displaced are estimated at over 100,000, with at least another 150,000 including many migrant workers  have sought refuge abroad and fled the country. There is general deterioration of living conditions. Food, fuel, water and electricity are in short supply." (29")

Mr.  Mitri said the departure of foreign medical staff and shortages of medical supplies have rendered the plight of civilians more critical.

Libya has been plagued by instability since Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown in an armed uprising three years ago.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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