LIBYA: Civilians continue to be at risk in Misrata

21 April, 2011
An injured man from Misrata is met by a team of paramedics and doctors from Medecins du Monde after arriving in Benghazi on an IOM ship. Credit: IRIN/Kate Thomas
An injured man from Misrata is met by a team of paramedics and doctors from Medecins du Monde after arriving in Benghazi on an IOM ship. Credit: IRIN/Kate Thomas

The United Nations plans to establish a humanitarian presence in Tripoli in the coming days. The agreement signed this week between the Government and the UN provides security guarantees necessary for UN humanitarian presence in areas under Government control, and facilitates the entry and exit of humanitarian staff, material and equipment necessary to support the UN humanitarian operations in Libya.

The grave threats to civilians in Misrata are again highlighted following the deaths of two international journalists on 20 April, in addition to the another 31 people, adding to the hundreds killed in the fighting so far.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights stated that unhindered presence of media and other international observers would curb excess fighting and help calm the situation. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) evacuated another 1,000 people from Misrata to Benghazi on 20 April. The ship delivered 500 tons of food, non-food items and medical supplies, donated by the Libyan private sector, the Government of Qatar and the United Arab Emirates Red Crescent.

The Qatari Red Crescent and the Human Relief Foundation also conducted evacuations, transporting 1,000 and 800 people respectively. So far, over 7,900 people have been evacuated from Misrata by humanitarian organisations during April.

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