UN / LIBYA UPDATE

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The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) condemned “the increased use of heavy weapons and indiscriminate shelling that has damaged civilian houses, schools and infrastructure” and called for “a humanitarian truce to allow for emergency services to access civilians trapped in conflict-impacted areas.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 16 APRIL 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

16 APRIL 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Stéphane Dujarric at the podium
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General:
“The UN Support Mission in Libya condemns the increased use of heavy weapons and indiscriminate shelling that has damaged civilian houses, schools and infrastructure. The Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Ghassan Salamé, continues his outreach to call for a humanitarian truce to allow for emergency services to access civilians trapped in conflict-impacted areas.”
4. Med shot, journalists
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General:
“The number of people displaced due to hostilities in and around Tripoli is now approaching 20,000, according to the UN’s Migration Agency. More than 2,500 people were displaced in the last 24 hours alone. Many families fleeing conflict areas are heading towards central Tripoli and its immediate surroundings, but more than 14,000 of those displaced have sought safety outside of the capital, including in Tajoura, Al Maya, Ain Zara and Tarhouna.”
6. Wide shot, Dujarric at the podium
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General:
“More than 8,000 people have been reached with some form of humanitarian assistance. Libyan first responder teams report that civilian evacuations are increasing, with a significant number of casualties amongst those evacuated. Fifty civilian casualties have so far been confirmed, including 14 deaths. These figures represent cases that could be individually verified and must therefore be considered a minimum.”
8. Med shot, journalists
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General:
“The Secretary-General’s Special Envoy is working with the government and all other parties in Libya as well as international actors trying to push for cessation of hostilities, so we can move on with the political process. I think Mr. Salamé was very clear that the National Conference was not cancelled. He wants to go forward with it but there is an obvious impossibility to go forward while people are shooting at each other and while civilians are being shot at.”
7. Wide shot, Dujarric walks away

STORYLINE:

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) today (16 Apr) condemned “the increased use of heavy weapons and indiscriminate shelling that has damaged civilian houses, schools and infrastructure” and called for “a humanitarian truce to allow for emergency services to access civilians trapped in conflict-impacted areas.”

According to the UN’s Migration Agency (IOM) “the number of people displaced due to hostilities in and around Tripoli is now approaching 20,000, More than 2,500 people were displaced in the last 24 hours alone.”

UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric told reporters in New York that “many families fleeing conflict areas are heading towards central Tripoli and its immediate surroundings, but more than 14,000 of those displaced have sought safety outside of the capital, including in Tajoura, Al Maya, Ain Zara and Tarhouna.”

Dujarric said, “more than 8,000 people have been reached with some form of humanitarian assistance. Libyan first responder teams report that civilian evacuations are increasing, with a significant number of casualties amongst those evacuated. Fifty civilian casualties have so far been confirmed, including 14 deaths.”

The Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Ghassan Salamé, the spokesperson said, “is working with the government and all other parties in Libya as well as international actors trying to push for cessation of hostilities, so we can move on with the political process.”

Dujarric said Salamé “was very clear that the National Conference was not cancelled” but “there is an obvious impossibility to go forward while people are shooting at each other and while civilians are being shot at.”

Libyan National Army (LNA) forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar launched an attack on Tripoli o 4 April, upending a national peace conference initially scheduled for April 14-16.
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