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Libya: UN assessment mission to assess impact of attacks in eastern Libya

03 Mar 2011

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Returnees from Libya at Salloum land Port, the main border crossing point between Egypt and Libya. Credit: IRIN/Amr Emam
A United Nations joint rapid assessment mission, led by OCHA, is currently in eastern Libya proceeding to Benghazi to assess humanitarian needs. IOM reported that the situation on the Egypt-Libya bord

In eastern Libya, reports were received of Government forces launching air attacks against opposition-held areas. The humanitarian impact of the attacks remains unclear. A United Nations joint rapid assessment mission, led by OCHA, is currently in eastern Libya proceeding to Benghazi to assess humanitarian needs. IOM reported that the situation on the Egypt-Libya border remains calm.

A five-member United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team has arrived in Tunisia for deployment along the Libya border.

Evacuation of third-country nationals remains a high priority. The UK has launched an operation to airlift Egyptian refugees stranded on the Libya-Tunisia border. The first flight departed from the UK on 2 March. The Government of Turkey is deploying a passenger ship and a frigate to evacuate 1,200 Egyptians from Tripoli to Alexandria. Canada will send a frigate to the Mediterranean Sea to assist efforts to evacuate its nationals from Libya. The Russian Foreign Ministry announced that it had evacuated 653 people from Libya, while China said that about 9,000 Chinese have arrived in China from Libya.


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