UN / LIBYA HUMANITARIAN UPDATE

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“The UN remains concerned about a possible humanitarian disaster in Libya should the current escalation and mobilization around Sirte lead to military operations,” a UN spokesperson said on Monday. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 03 AUGUST 2020, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1.Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

03 AUGUST 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2.SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General:
“The UN remains concerned about a possible humanitarian disaster in Libya should the current escalation and mobilization around Sirte lead to military operations. The lives of more than 125,000 people in and around Sirte are at great risk. COVID-19 cases continue to increase across Libya, with 3,837 cases reported and 83 deaths to date, most of them in the western and southern parts of the country. Capacity for testing, tracing and treating people remains extremely low across the country and continues to be concentrated in Tripoli and Benghazi. In response to the severe shortage of swabs for testing in the south, health authorities in Tripoli have dispatched a shipment of 20,000 swabs to Sebha. Fuel shortages and electricity cuts of more than 18 hours a day are exacerbating poor living conditions for many across the country. Health facilities have also suffered from electricity cuts, forcing some to temporarily suspend operations. The UN and humanitarian partners are at the forefront in supporting the national authorities with its COVID-19 response, particularly in the provision of health supplies and personal protection equipment.”

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“The UN remains concerned about a possible humanitarian disaster in Libya should the current escalation and mobilization around Sirte lead to military operations,” a UN spokesperson said on Monday (03 Aug).

Speaking to reporters in New York, Farhan Haq said that the lives of more than 125,000 people in and around Sirte were at great risk.

He added that COVID-19 cases continued to increase across Libya, with 3,837 cases reported and 83 deaths to date, most of them in the western and southern parts of the country.

“Capacity for testing, tracing and treating people remains extremely low across the country and continues to be concentrated in Tripoli and Benghazi,” said the UN spokesperson.

In response to the severe shortage of swabs for testing in the south, health authorities in Tripoli have dispatched a shipment of 20,000 swabs to Sebha.

According to the United Nations (UN), fuel shortages and electricity cuts of more than 18 hours a day are exacerbating poor living conditions for many across the country. Health facilities have also suffered from electricity cuts, forcing some to temporarily suspend operations.

The UN and humanitarian partners are at the forefront in supporting the national authorities with its COVID-19 response, particularly in the provision of health supplies and personal protection equipment.
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