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ICRC and Libyan Red Crescent deliver urgent medical aid

Urgently needed medical supplies today reached Al-Zahra Hospital in Warshefana, on the outskirts of Tripoli, in an operation carried out by the ICRC in cooperation with the Libyan Red Crescent.

Fighting in Warshefana has been under way for several weeks, leaving many people dead or injured and disrupting health services. The hospital, overwhelmed by the influx of war-wounded patients and virtually cut off from the outside world, has been beset by severe shortages of medicines and medical supplies.

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Libya + 3 others
IOM Libya Situation Report, as of 14 September 2014

Highlights

Evacuation of 200 migrants from various countries accomplished via Tunisia, Cairo or directly out of Tripoli

Over 900 NFI kits distributed among people in need within Tripoli city area and departing migrants and those in detention centres

More than 7.000 TCN from different countries tracked and provided with basic support trough IOM network

Overview

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World + 6 others
UNHCR alarmed at death toll from boat sinkings in the Mediterranean

GENEVA, September 16 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency is alarmed at the death toll from boat sinkings in the Mediterranean in recent days, which underlines the need for collective European action to avoid further loss of lives at sea.

According to information received by UNHCR from coastguards, five shipwrecks occurred over the weekend, leaving between 650 and 850 people dead or missing, although the figures are constantly, being revised upwards.

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World + 52 others
Global emergency overview Snapshot 10–16 September

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Madagascar + 21 others
Emergency Transboundary Outbreak Pest (ETOP) Situation Report for August with a Forecast till Mid-October, 2014

Summary

The Desert Locust (SGR1) situation remained calm in winter, spring and summer breeding areas in the western outbreak region in August and only low density adults were reported in Mauritania, Niger and Chad, and a similar situation is highly likely in northern Mali where the ongoing security situation continuous undermining survey operations. No locusts were reported in Algeria, Libya, Morocco or Tunisia during this month.

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United Nations Mission in Libya Anchored in Unbiased Engagement as Country Edges Closer to Protracted Conflict, Security Council Told

The head of the UN Support Mission told the Security Council that the Mission's appeals for an immediate halt to military operations and humanitarian access had gone unheeded.

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Report of the Secretary-General on the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (S/2014/653)

The present report is submitted pursuant to Security Council resolution 2144 (2014) of 14 March 2014. It covers major political and security developments in Libya, provides an overview of the human rights situation in the country and outlines the activities of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) since my report of 26 February 2014 (S/2014/131).

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World + 2 others
Mediterranean migrant boat shipwrecks highlight need for EU action

Report
Amnesty

European leaders must do more to provide safe and legal ways for refugees and migrants to access international protection in the European Union, Amnesty International said today after a boat bound for Italy sank off the coast of Libya leaving many feared drowned.

“The response of EU member states to the refugee crises in the Middle East and North Africa has been shameful,” said John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International’s Europe and Central Asia Director.

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Malta + 4 others
High Commissioner for Refugees Guterres and Special Envoy Jolie warn of escalating crisis in the Mediterranean

UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres and Special Envoy Angelina Jolie visited the naval rescue headquarters in Malta yesterday, on a weekend in which new boat sinkings were being reported off Egypt and Libya claiming more innocent lives. Ms. Jolie and Mr. Guterres met three survivors of one of the tragedies, who had been rescued by a commercial vessel and brought to Malta by the Maltese authorities.

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Despite chaos, Libya hopes to hold constitution vote in December

  • Country being split by rival tribes, regions seeking power

  • UN envoy visits Tripoli, despite tribal takeover in August

  • Libya managed to hold national election in June (Fighting in Benghazi, west of Tripoli)

By Ahmed Elumami and Feras Bosalum

BENGHAZI, Libya, Sept 11 (Reuters) - Libya hopes to hold a referendum on a new constitution in December, a committee said on Thursday, undeterred by a descent into chaos and violence that has forced the elected parliament to move hundreds of miles from the capital.

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SRSG Leòn: Violence Must Stop, and Libya Needs Meaningful, Effective Dialogue Soon Out of Crisis

Tripoli, 10 September 2014 - The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya, Bernardino Leòn, continued his discussions with Libyan political actors on ways to end the fighting and begin a political process to draw the country out of the current crisis.

After visits to Tobruk and al-Baida on Monday and Tuesday, Mr. Leòn was in Tripoli on Wednesday 10 September 2014 for a series of discussions with influential and political actors as well as parliamentarians.

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UNDEF's signs first project of new round, will strengthen independent journalism in Libya

The first project of UNDEF's Eighth Round of Funding was signed on 9 September 2014, one of some 50 new initiatives that will be launched by UNDEF in this new Round. The project will work to strengthen independent journalism in Libya, so that local citizens have better access to information about the country’s democratic process even amid considerable security challenges. Implemented by the Rory Peck Trust together with local partners, the project will train a core group of freelance journalists in freelance tradecraft and safety skills.

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Libya - IDPs map (25 August 2014)

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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World + 20 others
Gains made protecting children in situations of armed conflict overshadowed by new global crises, Special Representative tells Security Council

SC/11552
Security Council
7259th Meeting* (AM)

Acknowledgement of Abuses Not Enough Survivor Says, Calling for Perpetrators to Be Held Accountable

In an all-day debate in the Security Council, over 60 speakers urged accelerated action to prevent and ensure accountability for the killing, recruiting and other abuse of children in situations of armed conflict that continued despite greater awareness of the scourge.

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Tunisia + 1 other
Libyans Seeking Aid in Tunisia Tell of a Home Torn Apart

Report
New York Times

By CARLOTTA GALLSEPT. 9, 2014

SFAX, Tunisia — Libyans seeking medical care and a refuge from war are filling the private clinics in this coastal Tunisian city for the second time in three years, bringing with them fresh accounts of the violence racking their country.

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World + 48 others
Global emergency overview Snapshot 3–9 September

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Libya: Concern is growing for the increasing number of people affected by crisis since mid-July, as violence persists, rival governments are failing to assure basic services, and most humanitarian organisations have withdrawn.

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Libya + 7 others
En Libye, les migrants pris au piège de l’insécurité

Libye - L’OIM est préoccupée par l’insécurité croissante qui touche plus de 200 000 migrants qui vivent et travaillent à Tripoli, à Misurata et à Benghazi en Libye. Parmi eux, 7000 personnes sont particulièrement vulnérables et ont besoin d’une aide d’urgence pour être évacués.

D’après les autorités, près de 150 000 habitants (soit 31 000 familles) de Tripoli ont fui les combats qui font rage depuis deux mois dans la capitale.

International Organization for Migration:

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World + 17 others
Opening Statement by Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights at the Human Rights Council 27th Session

Mr. President, Distinguished Members of the Human Rights Council, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

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Spiraling Militia Attacks May Be War Crimes

Protect Civilians; End Looting, Burnings, Arbitrary Arrests

(Amman) – Libyan militia forces battling for control of Tripoli and surrounding areas have engaged in attacks on civilians and civilian property that in some cases amount to war crimes, Human Rights Watch said today. The militias have seized people and looted, burned, and otherwise destroyed property.

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