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CrisisWatch N°133 - 1 September 2014

The fight for control of Libya between the Misrata-led Islamist-leaning coalition and the Zintan-led forces is escalating by the day. Hundreds have been killed and thousands displaced in over six weeks of clashes and heavy artillery fire. The Misrata side emerged victorious in the battle over Tripoli’s international airport, taking control of the capital, and made advances around Benghazi, but the larger political divide remains unresolved.

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Libyan health care on life support

Report
IRIN

The political chaos and unrest in Libya is taking a serious toll on health services, with the departure of medical staff and humanitarian agencies increasing the strain on health workers.

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Tripoli under militia control as Libya chaos deepens

09/01/2014 19:15 GMT -

by Mohamed Hasni

TRIPOLI, September 1, 2014 (AFP) - Libya's toothless outgoing government admitted Monday from its safe refuge in the east of the country that it has in effect lost control of Tripoli to armed militias.

The interim government led by prime minister Abdullah al-Thani, which resigned last week, said armed groups, mostly Islamist militias, were in control of ministries and blocking access to government workers.

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Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan and Pakistan: Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 28 August 2014) [EN/AR]

A new snapshot highlights armed conflict causing widespread displacement and increasing humanitarian needs in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Palestine, Yemen and Pakistan.

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Price Watch August 2014 Prices

KEY MESSAGES

  • In West Africa, staple food markets were well-supplied in July, despite the slight delay in the start of the rainy season in some areas of the Sahel. Markets are generally functioning as they normally do during the lean season. Staple food prices were stable or declining, except in deficit areas of Niger and Chad. Record-high rice and wheat imports from international markets reinforced food availability in Senegal and Mauritania (Pages 3-6).

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Libya finds 15 migrants' bodies near ripped inflatable boat

08/31/2014 10:46 GMT

TRIPOLI, August 31, 2014 (AFP) - Libyan coastguards on Sunday found 15 bodies of sub-Saharan African migrants floating in the sea near a ripped inflatable boat, east of the capital.

Last week in the same area, rescuers recovered the bodies of around 170 people after the shipwreck of another vessel carrying illegal immigrants from sub-Saharan Africa.

"During a routine patrol we found 15 floating bodies of African migrants 15 kilometres (nine miles) offshore," coastguard Abdellatif Mohammed Ibrahim told AFP.

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Heavy fighting in Libya's Benghazi city; airport hit

BENGHAZI, Libya, Aug 30 (Reuters) - Heavy clashes broke out between the forces of a renegade general and Islamist fighters in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi on Saturday, killing at least 10 people and showering the airport with rockets, medical and military sources said.

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Tunisia renews search for shipwreck victims as 42nd body found

08/31/2014 10:11 GMT

BEN GUERDANE, August 31, 2014 (AFP) - Tunisian coastguards on Sunday resumed the search for more bodies of drowned migrants, thought to be mainly Syrians, after finding a 42nd shipwreck victim, officials said.

"Forty-two bodies have been recovered: 31 were buried on the spot and 11 others will be during the day," said Tahar Souid, coordinator of the emergency centre set up at Ben Guerdane in southeast Tunisia where the first bodies were discovered on Friday.

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Naufrage d'un navire de migrants: la Tunisie reprend les recherches

08/31/2014 09:40 GMT

BEN GUERDANE, 31 août 2014 (AFP) - Les gardes-côtes tunisiens ont repris dimanche les recherches des corps de migrants noyés, des Syriens notamment, dans un naufrage au large de la Libye, retrouvant un 42e cadavre, a indiqué à l'AFP la cellule de crise des autorités.

"42 corps ont été repêchés, 31 ont été enterrés sur place, onze le seront dans la journée", a déclaré Tahar Souid, le coordinateur de la cellule de crise mise en place à Ben Guerdane, au sud-est de la Tunisie, où les premiers corps avaient été découverts vendredi.

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Deteriorating Security in Libya May Result in More Migrant Boats: IOM

IOM is concerned that the number of migrants trying to reach Italy from Libya by sea could increase in the coming weeks, as more people decide to opt for the dangerous Mediterranean crossing to escape ongoing fighting in the Libyan capital.

For the last six weeks, Tripoli has seen fighting between rival militias, including indiscriminate shelling of the main airport and surrounding areas. The increasing use of heavy artillery and missiles have caused an unknown number of casualties, many of them civilians.

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One fifth of the world's displaced are Syrians

According to the UN, the number of registered Syrian refugees has now passed 3 million people, while 6.5 million are internally displaced in Syria. This means that close to one fifth of the world's 50 million displaced are from Syria. Although the world is witnessing a historic number of serious crises it remains important to keep focusing on the dire humanitarian situation in and around Syria.

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Libya's interim government resigns under pressure

08/28/2014 23:41 GMT

BENGHAZI, August 28, 2014 (AFP) - Libya's toothless interim government, led by prime minister Abdullah al-Thani, announced late Thursday it had tendered its resignation to the elected parliament, days after a rival Islamist administration was created.

The interim government, operating in the east of the country to avoid the Islamist militias which have a strong presence in Tripoli, said it "presented its resignation to the elected parliament", which is based in Tobruk, 600 kilometres east of the capital, also for security reasons.

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Libya crisis Situation report no. 1, 4-14 August 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • In June 2014, fighting between rival militias erupted in the cities of Tripoli and Benghazi in Libya, leading to thousands of families fleeing their homes in Tripoli and Benghazi.

  • Many foreign workers fled the country and most embassies and international companies pulled out of Libya.

  • According to the Ministry of Health, two central governmental medical supply and drug stores in Tripoli and Benghazi were looted and destroyed. Drugs, medical equipment and supplies are now running dangerously low.

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Security Council, Adopting Resolution 2174 (2014), Calls for Immediate Ceasefire in Libya, Inclusive Political Dialogue, Prior Notice for Weapons Transfers (SC/11537)

Security Council

7251st Meeting (AM)

Secretary-General’s Envoy, Libya’s Permanent Representative Participate

Expressing its strong support for the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), the Security Council today called on all parties to agree to an immediate ceasefire and an end to the fighting.

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IOM Libya Updated Situation Report Vol. 4/2014 (as of August 24th, 2014)

Context Analysis

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Oil Rich but Lacking Institutions, Libya Struggles to Build a State: Q&A with Dr. Younes Abouyoub

On Sunday, Islamist militants consolidated their hold on the capital city of Libya and its international airport after a week of intense fighting against rival militia groups. Clashes between the militants over control of Tripoli erupted in July and are the most serious episodes of violence in the city since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. The clashes come in sharp contrast to the quick recovery of the country’s oil sector in the east, where on Wednesday last week, the state-owned oil company said that Libya’s largest terminal in Es Sider was resuming its exports.

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Briefing by Tarek Mitri SRSG for Libya - Meeting of the Security Council 27 August 2014

Security Council Briefing, 27 August 2014 Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNSMIL, Tarek Mitri

Mr. President,

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Fighting, fuel fires and fear in Tripoli

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IRIN

TRIPOLI, 26 August 2014 (IRIN) - Things are bad in Libya right now. Black smoke from a massive fuel depot fire has been lingering over the heads of the residents of the capital Tripoli for more than four weeks. While the smoke has lessened since July, the fuel fires, water-supply cuts and regular gun-fire are signs that the country is going through one of the most difficult periods since the 2011 revolution.

The fire, involving eight tanks holding 70 million litres of fuel, began on 27 July when a missile hit a storage tank.

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Plus de 300 clandestins morts noyés la semaine dernière en mer Méditerranée

GENEVE, 26 août (HCR) – Plus de 300 personnes ont trouvé la mort durant leur tentative de traversée irrégulière depuis l'Afrique du Nord vers l'Europe la semaine dernière, ce qui porte le bilan des naufrages cette année à près de 1 900 personnes, y compris environ 1 600 depuis juin.

« Ces derniers jours ont été les plus meurtriers de 2014 en Méditerranée pour les personnes qui effectuent des traversées irrégulières vers l'Europe, avec au moins trois embarcations ayant chaviré ou coulé », a indiqué Melissa Fleming, porte-parole du HCR, aux journalistes à Genève.