UN / LIBYA UPDATE

22-Apr-2019 00:01:15
UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya Maria do Valle Ribeiro said it was “likely to see a continuation of hostilities for some time to come” in Tripoli and for this, humanitarians needed to “accelerate and increase" their capacity to respond. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / LIBYA UPDATE
TRT: 1:15
SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 22 APRIL 2019, NEW YORK CITY
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Close up, UN Flag outside UNHQ

22 APRIL 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, press room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Maria do Valle Ribeiro, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, United Nations:
“For this, we also need to foresee that the situation may not be the best-case scenario - probably not – that we are likely to see a continuation of hostilities for some time to come. For that, we need to gear up, and we need to accelerate and increase our capacity to be able to respond.”
4. Wide shot, press room
5. Med shot, journalist asking question
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Maria do Valle Ribeiro, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, United Nations:
“The comment we would make as humanitarians is that there needs to be pressure put on everybody to respect civilians. And any countries who have leverage, they should be using that leverage to ensure that civilians can be protected and can be least affected by these clashes.”
7. Wide shot, press room
STORYLINE
UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya Maria do Valle Ribeiro said it was “likely to see a continuation of hostilities for some time to come” in Tripoli and for this, humanitarians needed to “accelerate and increase" their capacity to respond.

Speaking to reporters in New York today (22 Apr) via teleconference from the Libyan capital, Ribeiro said three weeks of fighting had displaced some 35,000 people in Tripoli adding that displacement was increasing every day. She expressed concern over people wanting to leave the areas of hostilities but have not been able to due to safety concerns adding that first responders were also not able to reach the wounded in many cases.

Ribeiro said the minimal casualty estimate was some 200 deaths and 1,000 injuries but noted that the UN was unable to verify these numbers. She was also concerned for the 3,600 migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers who were in detention centres close to the front lines.

The Humanitarian Coordinator said the UN was pushing for humanitarian pauses to give people the opportunity to leave conflict areas and to allow UN agencies to reach migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers in detention centres in volatile areas.

Ribeiro said the best-case scenario would be for a cessation of hostilities to take place to allow the political process to get back on track. She added, “We also need to foresee that the situation may not be the best-case scenario - probably not – that we are likely to see a continuation of hostilities for some time to come. For that, we need to gear up, and we need to accelerate and increase our capacity to be able to respond.”

The Humanitarian Coordinator said the UN and its partners were able to reach some 21,000 people and were working closely with the Libyan Red Crescent and civil societies organizations on the ground. She said the UN had appealed for some 10.2 million USD for the next few weeks focusing on health and protection needs and was able to secure 2.2 million USD from the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). She stressed however that access remained a critical issue and called on all parties to the conflict to respect international humanitarian law and facilitate the access humanitarian workers to the affected areas.

Asked for her message to countries supporting General Khalifa Haftar, Ribeiro said, “The comment we would make as humanitarians is that there needs to be pressure put on everybody to respect civilians. And any countries who have leverage, they should be using that leverage to ensure that civilians can be protected and can be least affected by these clashes.”

Ribeiro told reporters that the clashes in Tripoli were affecting social services such as health, water, sanitation, and electricity adding that shelling had reached medical facilities and wrecked a Ministry of Education warehouse destroying some one million school books.
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