GENEVA / LIBYA UPDATE

09-Apr-2019 00:02:01
UN Human Rights office (OHCHR) is concerned that “vulnerable migrants may be caught in the crossfire” in Libya, as the fighting continues between the country’s government forces and those loyal to the eastern-Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar, the spokesperson for the office said Tuesday. UNTV CH
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STORY: GENEVA / LIBYA UPDATE
TRT: 2:01
SOURCE: UNTV CH
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 9 APRIL 2019, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
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1. Exterior shot, Palais des Nations
2. Wide shot, Room III
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Tarik Jasarevic, spokesperson, WHO:
“The health facilities have reported in the last three days, 47 dead and 181 wounded.”
4. Med shot, panel.
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Tarik Jasarevic, spokesperson, WHO:
“One doctor was reportedly killed while working as part of a field ambulance service.”
6. Med shot, journalists.
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Ravina Shamdasani, spokesperson, OHCHR:
“The Khalifa Haftar’s people are saying that they bombed it because there was a military target. Now even if this is a military target, all feasible precautions need to be taken to minimize the incidental loss of civilian lives, to refrain from indiscriminate attacks. We have reports that the weapons that were used are not, you know, the latest technology, that they may, in effect, have been indiscriminate.”
8. Wide shot, journalists.
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Tarik Jasarevic, spokesperson, WHO:
“The current clashes are burdening the already overloaded health system with frequent supply chain breaks. And to end, just to say that Libya’s year-old conflict has dragged on, hundreds of primary healthcare centres and more than 20 of its hospitals have been damaged or closed.”
10. Med shot, journalists.
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Ravina Shamdasani, spokesperson, OHCHR:
“What we are concerned about is that these vulnerable migrants may be caught in the crossfire, especially when armed groups involved in the conflict exercise influence or control over the detention facilities, these ad hoc detention facilities for migrants.”
12. Med shot, journalists
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Ravina Shamdasani, spokesperson, OHCHR:
“Based on previous experience with Libya, we are also concerned that migrants may be used as human shields, or forcefully recruited to fight as well.”
14. Close up, journalist.
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Babar Baloch, spokesperson, UNHCR:
“We have spoken to refugees in detention centres who tell us they can hear the clashes, and many are really scared.”
16. Close up, journalist typing.
17. Med shot journalists.
18. Med shot, journalists
STORYLINE
UN Human Rights office (OHCHR) is concerned that “vulnerable migrants may be caught in the crossfire” in Libya as the fighting continues between the country’s government forces and those loyal to the eastern-Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar, the spokesperson for the office said Tuesday.

Ghassan Salame, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya, condemned yesterday’s (8 Apr) attack by Libyan National Army (LNA) aircraft against Meitiga airport, Tripoli’s only functioning airport that is available for civilian use. The development follows concerns by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, that attacks against civilians and civilian infrastructure may amount to war crimes, including those by LNA commander Khalifa Haftar.

“Khalifa Haftar’s people are saying that they bombed it because there was a military target,” Ravina Shamdasani, spokesperson for the High Commissioner’s office, OHCHR told reporters in Geneva. “Now even if this is a military target, all feasible precautions need to be taken to minimize the incidental loss of civilian lives, to refrain from indiscriminate attacks. We have reports that the weapons that were used are not, you know, the latest technology, that they may, in effect, have been indiscriminate.”

The spiralling violence comes after years of instability that have followed the overthrow of President Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, with the internationally-recognized and Tripoli-based Government of National Accord now under assault from eastern Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar’s forces in the Libyan capital.
More than 3,400 people have fled fighting near Tripoli in recent days, the UN has warned, in addition to dozens reportedly killed.

“Health facilities have reported in the last three days, 47 dead and 181 wounded,” said Tarik Jasarevic, spokesperson for the World Health Organization (WHO), adding that “one doctor was reportedly killed while working as part of a field ambulance service” - one of two medics who lost their lives at the weekend.

“The current clashes are burdening the already overloaded health system with frequent supply chain breaks,” Jasarevic added, noting that as Libya’s year-old conflict “has dragged on, hundreds of primary healthcare centres and more than 20 of its hospitals have been damaged or closed”.

Amid reports of clashes involving heavy artillery in residential areas of Tripoli, the UN human rights office, OHCHR, reiterated its fears for the safety of migrants and refugees held in detention centres.

“What we are concerned about is that these vulnerable migrants may be caught in the crossfire, especially when armed groups involved in the conflict exercise influence or control over the detention facilities, these ad hoc detention facilities for migrants,” said Shamdasani. “Based on previous experience with Libya, we are also concerned that migrants may be used as human shields, or forcefully recruited to fight as well.”

Those concerns were echoed by the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, whose spokesperson Babar Baloch, said that staff had been in contact with anxious detainees, who number 5,700 in official detention centres.

“We have spoken to refugees in detention centres who tell us they can hear the clashes, and many are really scared,” he said. “We are asking, advocating for the release of all migrants and refugees from detention and … seeking a guarantee for the safety of refugees and migrants as well.”
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