Libya: ERC Amos raises concern over fighting in western part of the country
ERC Amos called on all parties to the conflict in Libya to protect civilians. This was following reports of heavy fighting and bombardments in western Libya that have resulted in an unknown number of injuries and deaths.
“All parties to the conflict in Libya must take care to ensure that civilians are protected from harm,” she said. “I am deeply concerned about the reportedly indiscriminate nature of the fighting, and particularly the use of heavy artillery and aerial bombardments.” There are also reports of hospital closures during this time when people need medical care the most.
The newly appointed UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya, Mr. Rashid Khalikov, is in Cairo to meet officials from the Egyptian government, the League of Arab States, UN officials and other key humanitarian partners. IOM and UNHCR have highlighted the urgent need to increase the number of long-haul flights following the surge in arrivals of third-country nationals on 8 March 2011. 3,500 new arrivals have crossed into Egypt and 2,700 into Tunisia. With no camp or shelter at the Egyptian border, greater priority will be given to flights from Egypt in the coming days.
The UN is currently in dialogue with the Government of Libya on a humanitarian mission that the Foreign Minister of Libya agreed to on 6 March 2011.