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28 Aug 2016 description

Sirte, Libya | AFP | Sunday 8/28/2016 - 13:05 GMT

by Mahmud Turkia

Forces loyal to Libya's UN-backed unity government on Sunday pushed into the last areas of Sirte held by the Islamic State group in what was the jihadists' coastal stronghold.

Loyalists to the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord have for more than three months been pressing an offensive to retake the city from the jihadists.

26 Aug 2016 description
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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Humanitarian responders are delivering critical aid to all provinces in Libya.

  • Returnee figures are rising, with IDPs continuing to require urgent assistance.

  • The top priority needs for Libya remain health care and essential medicines, support to detention centres, migrants, and IDPs.

  • Food supplies are at risk, with WFP forced to scale back operations due to lack of funding.

Assistance reaches all provinces of Libya

26 Aug 2016 description
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10,246 migrants have been rescued in 2016 to date, as reported by the Libyan Coast Guard (LCG)

Regional Migrant Figures Update

In 2016 (as of 21 August), 269,244 arrivals were recorded by sea to Europe. Of those, 3,164 are indicated to be dead or missing.

26 Aug 2016 description

BRUSSELS/NEW YORK, AUGUST 25, 2016 — On August 17, while conducting search and rescue operations off the Libyan coast, the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières(MSF) rescue vessel the Bourbon Argos was approached and attacked by a group of armed men onboard an unidentified speedboat, MSF said today, strongly condemning the attack.

26 Aug 2016 description

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC

August 25, 2016

Following is a joint statement on Libya by the governments of France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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25 Aug 2016 description

Niger is a significant transit country for migration between West and Central and Northern Africa. There are several reasons for this such as for example, the strategic geographical position of Niger in relation to Libya. Libya is one of the main launching points for boats crossing the Mediterranean towards Europe. Many migrants go to Libya hoping to find a passage towards Italy and many of the migrant deaths that occur in the Mediterrean occur in boats that left Libya.

24 Aug 2016 description

Highlights

  • In July, WFP distributed food assistance to 46,320 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in central and southern Libya and 33,500 IDPs in eastern Libya.

  • Given limited resources, WFP will have to adjust its planning figures in August, aiming to reach 120,000 people in need.

Operational Updates

23 Aug 2016 description

Italy - IOM reports that 269,244 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 21 August, arriving mostly in Greece and Italy, where 104,141 migrants or refugees have arrived during 2016.

This is slightly lower than the number recorded through 2015’s first eight months, when a total of 354,618 arrivals were recorded crossing the Mediterranean, the majority from Turkey to Greece.

23 Aug 2016 description

The Italian Red Cross and Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS)  joined forces this month to launch a search and rescue operation aboard the Responder  in the Mediterranean Sea.

MOAS’s veteran rescuer John Hamilton explains his team works to save lives at sea.

How do you decide where the Responder will patrol?

23 Aug 2016 description
report IRIN

Under the scorching midday sun and the rattle of heavy artillery and Kalashnikov fire, three men on the Libyan coast are deactivating mines with electricians’ pliers, clad in flak jackets and helmets that will do them little good if a device detonates.

Read the full article on IRIN

23 Aug 2016 description

Germany - As the number of migrant deaths worldwide continues to rise significantly, IOM’s Missing Migrants Project has recorded 23 per cent more migrant deaths during the first half of 2016 compared with the same period in 2015.

The latest IOM GMDAC Data Briefing, “Dangerous Journeys,” released on Tuesday 23 August, was prepared by the International Organization for Migration’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC) in Berlin. It takes an in-depth look at the available global figures for migrant deaths and disappearances during the first half of 2016.

23 Aug 2016 description
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EU proposes common asylum system

22 Aug 2016 description

Tunis, Tunisia - On 19 August, The United Nations Mine Actions Service (UNMAS) concluded its second Non-Technical Survey (NTS) course, which successfully trained and equipped an additional 10 Libyan nationals who are working in the field of mine action in Benghazi and surrounding areas.

19 Aug 2016 description

The UNDP Stabilization Facility for Libya Project Board met this morning in Tunis under the leadership of HE Dr. Taher Al-Jehaimi, Minister of Planning, and Mr. Ali Al-Za’tari, the Deputy SRSG and UNDP Resident Representative. The Board was attended by the Ambassadors or representatives of Canada, the EU, France, Germany, Italy, Qatar, Switzerland, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

19 Aug 2016 description
infographic Insecurity Insight

In 2015, open sources reported 207 aid workers as assaulted or injured in 95 severe incidents. - During the first six months of 2016, 43 severe incidents reported 97 aid workers as assaulted or injured.
- 2 aid workers raped in South Sudan and Tanzania.
- 1 aid worker sexually assaulted in Zambia.

19 Aug 2016 description
infographic Insecurity Insight

816 aid workers reported killed, kidnapped, injured or assaulted between January 2015 and June 2016

In 2015, open sources reported 515 aid workers killed (179), kidnapped (129) and assaulted or injured (207) in 234 severe incidents. During the first six months of 2016, open sources reported 301 aid workers killed (129), kidnapped (75) and assaulted or injured (97) in 122 severe incidents.

19 Aug 2016 description

Rome, Italy | AFP | Friday 8/19/2016 - 12:50 GMT

by Angus MACKINNON

Two Syrian girls, one of them an eight-month-old baby, are among up to six people who died when a boat carrying would-be migrants to Europe capsized off Libya Thursday, rescuers said.

Five bodies were recovered and one passenger was missing, presumed drowned, following the capsize on Thursday. Some of the 21 survivors told aid workers there had been 27 people from eight Syrian families on the boat.

19 Aug 2016 description
infographic Insecurity Insight
  • During the first six months of 2016, 25 severe incidents reported 75 aid workers kidnapped.
  • 76% of kidnapped aid workers were released (155).
  • 23% aid workers were released following community-led mediation in Afghanistan (23) and Somalia (12).
  • 3 aid workers were released after an undisclosed ransom payment in Somali.
  • Ransom demands reported in DRC and Nigeria.
  • 2 aid workers rescued by police (Afghanistan and Kenya).