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25 May 2016 description
report UN Security Council

SC/12374

7696th Meeting (AM)
Security Council
Meetings Coverage

During its recent visiting mission to the Horn of Africa, Council members reaffirmed the Security Council’s support for the ongoing political process in Somalia and met with top officials to address the region’s security and humanitarian challenges, co-leaders of the mission told the 15-member body in their briefing this morning.

25 May 2016 description

Rome, Italy | AFP | Wednesday 5/25/2016 - 11:02 GMT | 216 words

At least five migrants have drowned off the Libyan coast after the heavily overcrowded boat they were sailing on overturned, the Italian navy said Wednesday, revising downwards an earlier death toll.

The navy said at least 550 people had been pulled to safety but added that the rescue operation was still underway and that the death toll could rise.

25 May 2016 description

Arrivals and departures

In Greece, an estimated 126 people arrived over the weekend (21-22 May) in the northern Aegean (35 on Lesvos, 76 on Chios, and 15 on Samos).

24 May 2016 description
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I. Introduction

1. The present report is submitted pursuant to Security Council resolution 2273 (2016) of 15 March 2016. It covers major political and security developments in Libya, provides an overview of the human rights and humanitarian situation in the country, and outlines the activities of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) since the issuance of my report of 25 February 2016 (S/2016/182).

II. Political and security-related developments

24 May 2016 description

Italy - IOM reports an estimated 191,134 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 21 May, arriving in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain.

Deaths through 21 May this year stand at 1,370 on all Mediterranean routes, which is 24 percent lower than last year’s total of 1,792 through the same period.

24 May 2016 description

Tripoli, Libya | AFP | Tuesday 5/24/2016 - 09:51 GMT | 408 words

Workers on a Libyan oil tanker helped to rescue 135 people from boats in the Mediterranean on Tuesday, an AFP journalist said, hours after coastguards detained 550 would-be migrants headed for Europe.

Coastguards were alerted to people aboard makeshift vessels around 17 nautical miles (30 kilometres) from the western city of Sabratha, the journalist said.

The migrants were transported to a safe zone nearer to the capital Tripoli.

24 May 2016 description

12-13 May 2016 – Tunis – The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) organized a consultative workshop with a team of Libyan experts and technicians to discuss their joint contribution to the design and implementation of a Rapid Multi-sectoral City Profiling and Monitoring System (CPMS) in Libya. The CPMS is a multi-sectoral spatial assessment of impact of crisis on cities and people living in them to provide an evidence base to develop integrated and sectoral action plan.

23 May 2016 description

Idomeni, Greece | AFP | Tuesday 5/24/2016 - 19:59 GMT

Greek police on Tuesday transferred over two thousand migrants out of the overcrowded camp of Idomeni, launching a major operation to clear up the squalid tent city where thousands fleeing war and poverty have lived for months

The operation began shortly after sunrise, and by evening police said they had put 2,024 people on buses to newly opened camps near Greece's second city Thessaloniki, about 80 kilometres (50 miles) to the south.

23 May 2016 description
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1.The Council stresses the need to further strengthen the work on the external dimension of migration policy and reaffirms its commitment to a comprehensive and geographically balanced approach on migration on the basis of the European Agenda on Migration, European Council conclusions and Council conclusions of 12 October 2015 and 12 May 2016 in full respect of international law and human rights. The Council recalls the steps taken by the EU and its Member States in integrating migration as a permanent and structural component of EU foreign policy.

23 May 2016 description
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The Foreign Ministry informs that the general purpose first aid kits donated by Italy and destined to the hospitals of Benghazi have been delivered today. The kits will be able to treat approximately 20,000 patients over the next three months.

The kits arrived in Tripoli, from where they were subsequently taken to Benghazi by land and were delivered to the local depot of the Health authorities, who will then distribute them to the various health care facilities.

22 May 2016 description

Tripoli, Libya | AFP | Sunday 5/22/2016 - 17:06 GMT

Libyan coastguards said they intercepted seven vessels on Sunday carrying around 850 African migrants trying to reach Europe illegally by sea.

"The coastguard in the west was patrolling the area off the Zawiya refinery (45 kilometres, 28 miles west of Tripoli) and ... they intercepted seven large inflatables," Libyan navy spokesman Colonel Ayoub Qassem told AFP.

He said the migrants "from several African countries" included 79 women -- 11 of them pregnant -- and 11 children.

22 May 2016 description
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21 May 2016 – The United Nations Security Council today held an unprecedented consultative meeting in Cairo with delegations of member States of the League of Arab States, discussing, among others, developments of the Palestinian issue, the Middle East peace process, updates on the situation in both Libya and Somalia.

21 May 2016 description

Thank you very much. It is really a pleasure to be here today and to have my first meeting with you… I would like first to express my most profound condolences after what happened in the fight between Misrata and Daesh. Many people killed, many mothers have lost their sons, this demonstrates how urgent the situation here in Libya to come to an agreement on how to implement the Libyan Political Agreement and to go the way of peace and prosperity in this country.

20 May 2016 description

Italy - IOM reports an estimated 190,973 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 18 May, arriving in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain.

Deaths through 18 May this year stand at 1,359 on all Mediterranean routes.

Meanwhile, over 1,600 migrants have been brought to Italy since Tuesday.