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27 Jul 2016 description

Highlights

  • In June, WFP distributed food to 77,380 people in western and southern Libya and 36,950 people in eastern Libya. In May, WFP assisted 69,820 people in the west and south of Libya and 33,000 people in the east.

  • From September, the operation will suffer a pipeline break due to underfunding, severely limiting WFP’s capacity to deliver much-needed food assistance.

26 Jul 2016 description

Italy - IOM reports an estimated 249,854 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 24 July, arriving mostly in Italy and Greece. The 250,000 total is likely to be surpassed in the next few hours as recently rescued migrants reach Italian shores.

26 Jul 2016 description

SUMMARY

The current refugee crisis is the greatest humanitarian challenge to have faced the European Union since its foundation. Although the outcome of the referendum on 23 June 2016 was that the UK should leave the EU, the UK remains a full member of the EU, with all the responsibilities that entails, until the final withdrawal agreement is ratified. It is vital, both on moral grounds and in order to help maintain good relations with the other 27 Member States, that the UK Government should participate fully in EU action to resolve this humanitarian crisis.

25 Jul 2016 description
report UN Security Council

SC/12456-AFR/3418

The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Koro Bessho (Japan):

The members of the Security Council welcomed the 16‑17 July 2016 meeting of the Libyan Political Dialogue and the Presidency Council, which discussed how to progress the implementation of the Libyan Political Agreement and sought to address the provision of basic services, resumption of oil production and implementation of the security arrangements contained in the Agreement.

25 Jul 2016 description
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OPCW Executive Council Decision (EC-M-52/DEC.1): Destruction of Libya's Remaining Chemical Weapons

On 20 July, the Executive Council of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) adopted a decision calling for necessary international assistance in response to the Libyan Government of National Accord’s request for help destroying its remaining Category 2 chemical weapons on an expedited basis outside of Libya.

25 Jul 2016 description

By Dr. Erna Rijnierse, an MSF doctor onboard the search and rescue vessel the MV Aquarius

Dr. Erna Rijnierse is an MSF doctor onboard the search and rescue vessel the MV Aquarius, which is run in partnership between MSF and SOS MEDITERRANEE. She gave the following account of a rescue operation in the central Mediterranean on 20 July, in which 209 people were rescued from two small boats in distress, and 22 people (21 women and one man) were found dead.

25 Jul 2016 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

About half of the country's 159 hospitals are either closed or barely delivering services, World Health Organization official says

  • Country was highly dependent on foreign medical staff

  • Many hospitals now closed or lacking specialised care

  • Funding blocked by political turmoil, financial pressures

By Ahmed Elumami

24 Jul 2016 description
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HIGHLIGHTS

• The UN and partners coordinate rapid response to IDPs fleeing Sirte as clashes fuel further displacement.

• US$12.2 million needed to continue life-saving food assistance after September.

• Health supplies and medicines reached hospitals in response to acute health crises.

• 1,728 conflict affected children enrolled in non-formal education in Benghazi.

24 Jul 2016 description

Tripoli, Libya | AFP | Monday 7/25/2016 - 19:49 GMT |

The number of bodies of migrants recovered on a Libyan beach since the weekend has risen to 87, a media official from the coastal city of Sabratha said on Monday.

The bodies began washing up on the city's beach west of Tripoli on Friday, the official said.

On Saturday, 41 bodies were found by a group of volunteers trained by the city council and sent to a morgue for DNA testing before being buried.

The rest were found over the weekend, the official added.

23 Jul 2016 description
report UN Security Council

SC/12455

7743rd Meeting (PM)

SECURITY COUNCIL
MEETINGS COVERAGE

The Security Council today authorized Member States to acquire, control, transport, transfer and destroy chemical weapons identified by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in Libya to ensure that the country’s stockpile was eliminated in the “soonest and safest” manner.

22 Jul 2016 description

“Libya is a very dangerous place. There are a lot of armed people. People are killed and kidnappings are common. Arriving in Tripoli, we were locked in a house with 600 to 700 other people. We had no water to wash ourselves, we had very little food and we were forced to sleep on top of each other. It was very difficult for my daughter – she fell sick many times.
There was a lot of violence. I was beaten with bare hands, with sticks and with guns. If you move, they beat you. If you talk, they beat you. We spent months like that, being beaten every day.”

22 Jul 2016 description

Benghazi, Libya | AFP | Friday 7/22/2016 - 12:51 GMT

A hospital in Libya's second city Benghazi said Friday it had received the bodies of 14 people killed execution-style, in what the UN envoy said was a "war crime".

The unidentified bodies were found Thursday and brought to the Benghazi Medical Centre by members of the Red Crescent, a doctor at the facility told AFP.

"The bodies bear shots to the head which could mean they were executed," said the doctor who declined to be named.

21 Jul 2016 description

Every day, 10 people are killed by landmines. Besides claiming such a substantial number of lives, landmines form an obstacle to post-conflict reconstruction efforts. Foreign trade and development cooperation minister Lilianne Ploumen said: ‘The devastating impact of landmines doesn’t stop when the violence ends. Emergency workers are left unable to reach the places where they’re needed, refugees can’t return home and farmers can’t access their land.

21 Jul 2016 description

Airstrikes by the Libyan National Army are endangering the lives of scores of detainees who are being held captive in Benghazi, said Amnesty International.

The organization raised the alarm as new video evidence emerged showing three men who were among an estimated 130 people abducted by the armed group Ansar al-Sharia from a military prison in Benghazi in October 2014. In the video, the first time they’ve been seen since they went missing, the men call for an end to the airstrikes which they say have injured several people and are putting lives at risk.

21 Jul 2016 description

Highlights

  • WFP distributed 14,000 cash-based transfer (CBT) cards (USD 11.36 per card) in June, as part of the School Feeding take-home entitlement scale up.

  • The ‘Building Resilient Food Security Systems to Benefit the Southern Egypt Region’ project gave ducks to 100 women in Assiut in its first phase.

  • The EMOP providing assistance to Egyptians who fled the crisis in Libya has been extended for an additional three months and will begin distributions in July 2016.

20 Jul 2016 description

With a view to ensure commitment to the implementation of the Libyan Political Agreement and in recognition of the challenges facing the implementation of this Agreement at the current stage leading to the consequent deterioration of basic services and necessities of life for the Libyan citizen, the Political Dialogue convened between 16 to 18 July, 2016 in Tunis to consult with the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on the ways to implement the Political Agreement.