Libya suffers "deteriorating displacement crisis"

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Women at Friday prayers in Benghazi, Libya © Kate Thomas/IRIN

Violence across Libya has led to what's been described as a "deteriorating displacement crisis" by the UN Support Mission in the country (UNSMIL).

At least 100,000 people have fled their homes in the past month alone due to intense fighting in the eastern towns of Benghazi and Derna, as well as in the Libya's southeast and western regions.

Since May, nearly 400,000 people have been displaced in Libya.

The UN Spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric, says the displaced people need urgent support.

"Many displaced people, scattered around 35 towns or cities, are urgently in need of food, water, shelter, health care and other basic commodities. Aid organizations are assessing the scale of displacement and humanitarian needs."  (13″)

Libyans are fleeing deadly clashes between rival armed groups in cities across the North African country, as well as a spate of car bombings in the capital, Tripoli.

Stephanie Castro, United Nations

Duration:  57″

 

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