GENEVA / LIBYA UPDATE

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Nearly three weeks since fighting began near the Libyan capital Tripoli, the UN health agency warned that “large numbers” of people are sheltering in clinics, while civilians continue to be killed or injured and refugees and migrants remain exposed to clashes. UNTV CH

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STORY: GENEVA / LIBYA UPDATE
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DATELINE: 23 APRIL 2019 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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1. Exterior shot, Palais des Nations
2. Wide shot, Room III, Palais des Nations
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Tarik Jasarevic, Spokesperson, World Health Organization (WHO):
“The latest figure as of last night is 264 dead and 1,266 wounded.”
4. Med shot, journalists
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Tarik Jasarevic, Spokesperson, World Health Organization (WHO):
“WHO staff have been visiting health clinics in areas where large numbers of displaced people are sheltering to ensure that those health facilities have what they need to treat the displaced."
6. Close up: journalists typing.
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Babar Baloch, UN Refugees Agency (UNHCR):
“Our concern is for some 6,000 who still remain in detention in some of the detention locations but also the immediate concern is for about 3,600 refugees that are currently trapped in some of the detention centres which are very close to where the fighting is taking place now.”
8. Med shot, camera, cameraman
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Babar Baloch, UN Refugees Agency (UNHCR):
“UNHCR has been able to relocate over 500 refugees who are in detention centres, and these were from the detention centres of Ain Zara, Qasr Bin Ghashir, Abu Selim and Janzour. So these are areas which are very close to the ongoing fighting and clashes.”
10. Various shots, journalists

STORYLINE:

Nearly three weeks since fighting began near the Libyan capital Tripoli, the UN health agency warned today (23 Apr) that “large numbers” of people are sheltering in clinics, while civilians continue to be killed or injured and refugees and migrants remain exposed to clashes.

World Health Organization (WHO) spokesperson Tarik Jasarevic told journalists that “the latest figure as of last night is 264 dead and 1,266 wounded.”

According to WHO, of that number, 21civilians had perished and 69 had been injured since 5 April, amid concerns that the conflict between the UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) and the Libyan National Army (LNA) - led by commander Khalifa Haftar – risks becoming bogged down.

Echoing those fears, UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) spokesperson Babar Baloch appealed for humanitarian access to thousands of refugees and migrants believed trapped in State-run detention centres south of the capital.

He said, “our concern is for some 6,000 who still remain in detention in some of the detention locations,” adding that “but also the immediate concern is for about 3,600 refugees that are currently trapped in some of the detention centres which are very close to where the fighting is taking place now.”

In the past two weeks, UNHCR has moved 541 vulnerable refugees from the detention centres of Ain Zara, Qasr Bin Ghashir, Abu Selim and Janzour to a safe location in central Tripoli. Baloch explained that these detention centres are in “areas which are very close to the ongoing fighting and clashes.”

He noted despite fighting and access problems, the agency evacuated more than 160 refugees from Libya to Niger last Friday (26 Apr).

To respond to growing needs – and some 32,000 people displaced by the violence - WHO is recruiting additional specialized emergency medical teams to be deployed to Tripoli-area hospitals.

In addition, the UN agency is also equipping four new primary health care facilities with essential drugs and medical equipment to help vulnerable families.

The WHO spokesperson added “WHO staff have been visiting health clinics in areas where large numbers of displaced people are sheltering to ensure that those health facilities have what they need to treat the displaced."

He noted that 11 ambulances have so far been damaged since the onset of fighting, in contravention of international humanitarian law.

Amid “rapidly increasing” needs in Libya caused by military engagement and a lack of safety guarantees, the UN’s humanitarian coordinating arm, OCHA, appealed for far greater international support.

In a statement, OCHA stated that through the Tripoli Flash Appeal, the humanitarian community urgently calls for $10.2 million to continue its work in helping conflict-affected people in Libya, noting that just six per cent of the total had been received.
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