Libya: Humanitarian update

17 June, 2011
A displaced man from Ajdabiya carries blankets and a kitchen set he has just received from UNHCR in Tobruk. UNHCT non-food items (NFI) are distributed through a local partner. Credit: H.Caux/UNHCR
A displaced man from Ajdabiya carries blankets and a kitchen set he has just received from UNHCR in Tobruk. UNHCT non-food items (NFI) are distributed through a local partner. Credit: H.Caux/UNHCR

Intense fighting has been reported outside Brega and Misrata and around Kikla in the Nafusa Mountains. Shelling continues to be reported near the Dhibat/Wazin border area and in Zintan. However, no unmet humanitarian needs have been reported in these areas so far, according to the latest OCHA situation report.

At this moment, the Dhibat/Wazin border is open and humanitarian workers are able to reach the Nafusa Mountains from there, although access is limited due to insecurity, and  limited telecommunications service in the Nafusa Mountain remains a major concern.

WFP, in coordination with the Libyan Red Crescent, has delivered 20 metric tons of food to the Nafusa Mountains using locally contracted drivers. It is also sending in food as the security situation permits for gradual distribution to surrounding towns and villages.

Access to Misrata has also improved since a second channel into the sea port has been cleared. Medical supplies and non-food items have been delivered to Misrata. A ninth rotation of an IOM-chartered boat evacuated 222 Third Country Nationals (TCNs) and 31 war-wounded from Misrata on 12 June; however, there are still many TCNs remaining in Misrata waiting to be evacuated.

There is also a need for baby milk, baby diapers, medicines and vaccines throughout Government-controlled areas of Libya, although health partners continue delivering essential supplies to the Nafusa Mountains areas, Misrata, and Eastern Libya.

The UN and international NGOs have partnered to form the Joint Mine Action Coordination Team to identify and demolish unexploded ordnance, abandoned ammunition, and landmines in conflict-affected areas. Most of the work is being done in Ajdabiya, Benghazi, and Tubruq.  

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