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170 migrants feared lost at sea off Libya: coastguard

08/22/2014 19:22 GMT

TRIPOLI, August 22, 2014 (AFP) - A Libyan coastguard official said on Friday a boat carrying 200 illegal migrants from sub-Saharan Africa was feared lost at sea off the capital Tripoli, with 170 people still missing.

Libya, which is mired in unrest and political chaos, has been a launchpad for illegal migrants seeking a better life in Europe but who turn to people smugglers to get them across the Mediterranean.

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EU provides assistance to people displaced by Libya conflict

Responding to the deteriorating security situation in Libya which has led to an increase in casualties and displacement, the EU is providing some €215 000 to support the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC). More than 600 people have been killed since the attacks in July and August, and at least 10 000 families have been displaced.

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With migrants in Benghazi under the bombs

The money that the Church provides to help foreign migrant workers caught in the fighting in Libya is needed to buy bread, send the children to school, pay return trips home and treatment in hospital, said to MISNA Monsignor Sylvester Magro, Apostolic Vicar of Benghazi.

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Funding boost for humanitarian workers on World Humanitarian Day

The UK is providing more than £1 million to improve the personal safety of humanitarian workers who put themselves at risk to help others, International Development Minister Desmond Swayne announced today.

The package of support includes funding for humanitarian worker safety in Iraq, extra training for staff operating in dangerous environments around the world and funding to help establish 3 new NGO staff safety hubs in Iraq, Libya and the Central African Republic (CAR).

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GIEWS Country Brief: Libya 18-August-2014

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Wheat import needs estimated around average levels
  • Recovery from the civil war observed although recent escalation of conflict is a concern
  • Food and fuel subsidy reform is being considered by the Government
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Cross-border aid reaches 12,000 displaced civilians in western Libya

UNHCR has a warehouse in Tripoli with stockpiles of critical relief items, but cannot access them because of the unstable security situation, which has hampered all its operations in the country since early July.

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UNSMIL Condemns Escalation and Urges Parties to Respond to Ceasefire Efforts

Tripoli, 17 August 2014 - The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) condemns the grave escalation in the military confrontations in Tripoli and its suburbs. The Mission strongly denounces the shelling of residential neighbourhoods, which has inflicted casualties among civilians, forced them out of their homes and caused damage to property.

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Secretary-General Appoints Bernadino León of Spain as Special Representative in Libya

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Biographical Note

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today the appointment of Bernardino León of Spain as his Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).

The new Special Representative will succeed Tarek Mitri of Lebanon on 1 September. The Secretary-General is grateful to Mr. Mitri for his dedication and leadership of UNSMIL.

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Joint Statement on Libya by the Governments of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States

The Governments of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States strongly condemn the ongoing fighting and violence in and around Tripoli, Benghazi, and across Libya. We are in particular deeply concerned by the increasing toll the violence is taking on Libya’s civilian population and institutions, as well as the threat it poses to Libya’s democratic transition.

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Press Statement of 449th Meeting on the Peace and Security Council on the situation in Libya

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African Union

PEACE AND SECURITY COUNCIL
449TH MEETING
11 AUGUST 2014
ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA

PSC/PR/BR.(CDXLIX)

The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 449th meeting held on 11 August 2014, was briefed by the Special Envoy of the Chairperson of the Commission for Libya, Mr. Dileita Mohamed Dileita, on the situation in Libya and the recent consultations he had with the Libyan stakeholders and the neighboring countries.

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Report on Mali and the Sahel and the activities of the African Union mission for Mali and the Sahel, 11 Aug 2014

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African Union

PEACE AND SECURITY COUNCIL
449th MEETING
ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA
11 AUGUST 2014

PSC/PR/2.(CDXLIX)

I. INTRODUCTION

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The African Union Strategy For The Sahel Region, 11 Aug 2014

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African Union

PEACE AND SECURITY COUNCIL
449th MEETING
11 AUGUST 2014
ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA

PSC/PR/3(CDXLIX)

INTRODUCTION

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Communiqué of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 449th meeting on the situation in Mali

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COMMUNIQUÉ

The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 449th meeting held on 11 August 2014, adopted the following decision on the situation in Mali and in the Sahel region: Council,

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Communiqué du Conseil de paix et de sécurité de l'Union africaine (UA), en sa 449ème réunion sur la situation au Mali

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African Union

COMMUNIQUÉ

Le Conseil de paix et de sécurité de l'Union africaine (UA), en sa 449ème réunion, tenue le 11 août 2014, a adopté la décision ci-après sur la situation au Mali et dans la région du Sahel:

Le Conseil,

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UNSMIL Calls on Parties to Respond Positively to Its Ceasefire Efforts

Tripoli, 12 August 2014 - The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) strongly condemns the continuing battles in Tripoli despite the repeated official and international calls for an immediate ceasefire and to refrain from the use of force to resolve political differences.

The Mission deplores the rise in the number of civilian casualties and expresses deep concern about the shortages in medical supplies, the displacement of thousands of families, the huge destruction of residences and infrastructure as well as the halt in economic activity.

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Regular press briefing by the Information Service 12 August 2014 - Libya

Christiane Berthiaume, for the International Organization for Migration (IOM), said that it was more than four weeks since the city of Tripoli had slipped into a battle between rival militia that had shaken the city with the ferocious sounds of missiles and rockets had fired indiscriminately into built-up areas. Shortages of fuel and gas were reported, as well as a steep increase in prices, if they were available on the black market at all.

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Libya: Complex Emergency DREF Operation Operations nº MDRLY001; Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA)

The security situation has been highly volatile since May and is now deteriorating. Hundreds have been killed and wounded. The conflict has also affected the food and medical supply chains.

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Heavy shelling resumes in Libyan capital Tripoli

By Aziz El Yaakoubi

TRIPOLI, Aug 10 (Reuters) - Heavy shelling resumed in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Sunday after three days of relative calm following more than a month of street fighting between rival armed factions battling for control of the city's airport.

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Press briefing notes on Iraq, Libya and Argentina

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Ravina Shamdasani Location: Geneva Date: 8 August 2014

1) Iraq

We are deeply alarmed by the situation in northern Iraq, and in particular the situation of vulnerable minority groups, including the Yezidi, Christian and Turkomen communities. We are gravely concerned for the physical safety and the humanitarian situation of the large number of civilians trapped in areas under the control of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) or in areas affected by the violence.