Libya: Humanitarian Update

3 June, 2011
Displaced children from Ajdabiya play football inside the former construction camp where they are housed in Benghazi. Credit: IRIN/Kate Thomas
Displaced children from Ajdabiya play football inside the former construction camp where they are housed in Benghazi. Credit: IRIN/Kate Thomas

The Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya and a team including representatives from IOM, OCHA, UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS), UNICEF, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), WHO, and WFP started a mission to Tripoli on 28 May. The team is conducting assessments of humanitarian needs and will discuss the delivery of aid to people affected by the conflict.

On 31 May, another inter-agency mission departed from Benghazi to conduct an assessment of ongoing humanitarian needs in Misrata from 1 to 2 June. The team included 11 international staff from UNDSS, IOM, OCHA, UNHCR, UNICEF, United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), WHO and WFP. IOM will deliver 500-700 MT of food, non-food items (NFIs) and medical supplies to the area.

The situation in the Nafusa Mountains region remains worrying. Indiscriminate shelling against towns in the area by government forces have been reported by Human Rights Watch on 27 May.

Also on 27 may, the International Medical Corps (IMC) reported that over 60 rocket propelled missiles landed in Zintan. Heaving fighting around Zintan has forced humanitarian organizations to temporarily withdraw to Tuisia.

Humanitarian needs in Yafran, Al Qalaa, and Kekkla in the western Mountains area remain acute due to access difficulties. The UN and humanitarian partners continue to explore options to enter the area to deliver humanitarian aids.

The situation at the Dhibat/Wazin border remains calm. The number of people at in camps near Ras Adjir border, Tunisia, is the lowest since the start of the crisis. In three camps near the border, there are 5,058 people of which more than 3,124 UNHCR deems  in need of protection and assistance. WFP and partners continue to provide means to people in camps in Tunisia and Egypt.

The situation in Benghazi has largely stabilized. 50 schools out of 278 are open for recreational activities. UNICEF, Handicap International and Libyan Scouts, with the support of The International Committee of the Red Cross and the Mine Action Group, have involved in workshops aiming to promote awareness of the dangers of explosive remnants of war. 

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