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26 Jun 2016 description

Rome, Italy | AFP | Sunday 6/26/2016 - 17:36 GMT

A total of 3,324 migrants were rescued off Libya Sunday in 26 different operations, the Italian coastguard said, bringing to more than 10,000 the total saved since Thursday.

There were no reports of confirmed or suspected casualties after the operations to pick up migrants packed on to 25 rubber dinghies and one wooden boat, all of which were rescued less than 35 miles from the Libyan coast.

26 Jun 2016 description

The Victims of Violence (VoV) project in Athens has been running since October 2014. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) works alongside the Greek Council for Refugees and the BABEL Day Centre to provide medical and psychological care, as well as legal advice and social assistance to asylum seekers, refugees and migrants who are survivors of torture or extreme violence. Nearly 60,000 refugees are currently “trapped” in Greece and among them are those who have been persecuted and tortured for their political or religious beliefs, their race, their gender or their sexual identity.

26 Jun 2016 description
report AlertNet

"Our decision is prompted by the security situation in those countries"

By Gopal Sharma

KATHMANDU, June 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nepal has banned its nationals from working in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria after 13 Nepali security guards were killed by a Taliban suicide bomber in the Afghan capital earlier this week, Labour Minister Deepak Bohara said on Friday.

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25 Jun 2016 description

Published: June 24, 2016
By: Sherine N. El Taraboulsi

Cross-border transactions have been shaping the Libyan civil and political landscape for decades. However, desk research and field interviews in Tunisia reveal that interventions for peacebuilding are not fully accounting for these transactions or other regional activities. This brief argues that supporting local and regional actors in working toward a unified vision for Libya requires factoring in cross-border, civil society exchanges and the tensions that affect them.

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25 Jun 2016 description

Tripoli, Libya | AFP | Saturday 6/25/2016 - 00:30 GMT | 232 words

A car bomb killed four civilians and wounded 14 others in the war-torn Libyan city of Benghazi Friday night, a hospital official said.

The car was parked in front of the entrance of the Al-Jalaa hospital, one of the two biggest in the city and where troops get treatment for injuries battling armed groups, including Islamic State jihadists.

24 Jun 2016 description

IOM firmly believes in humane and orderly migration for all and all data reported through the flow monitoring aims to inform and highlight a migratory phenomenon in an area with dangers for migrants (challenging climate, dangerous road conditions, vulnerability to trafficking/other exploitation/abuse). Proportionally, the flows measured by IOM in the Agadez region are heavily concentrated on the route to and from the Libyan border. Migrants going towards Libya represent 68% of recorded migrants while those coming from Libya to Niger represent 20%.

24 Jun 2016 description

June 24 – Following three incidents in the past days that put access to health care in Benghazi under attack, the acting UN Humanitarian Coordinator and WHO Representative/ head of mission, Dr. Syed Jaffar Hussain, expresses deep concern and urges all parties to refrain from targeting medical facilities and to take all feasible precautions to prevent casualties among their patients and personnel.

24 Jun 2016 description

Italy - IOM reports an estimated 214,861 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 22 June, arriving in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain.

Deaths so far this year are 2,861 compared with 1,838 through the first six months of 2015. In other words, fatalities on the Mediterranean Sea in 2016 stand over 1,000 ahead of last year’s mid-year total, with one week remaining before 2016’s mid-year point.

24 Jun 2016 description

Libya - Germany and IOM Libya have signed an agreement for a six-month project aimed at providing direct assistance to internally displaced persons (IDPs), migrants rescued at sea, detained migrants and other vulnerable migrants in the North African country.

The EUR 1 million project – which runs through 31 December 2016 – will include humanitarian assistance through the provision of Non Food Items (NFIs) to vulnerable IDPs and humanitarian assistance for those rescued at sea, as well as migrants detained in Libya and those vulnerable migrants in urban settings.

24 Jun 2016 description

Italy - IOM reports an estimated 214,861 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 22 June, arriving in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain.

Deaths so far this year are 2,861 compared with 1,838 through the first six months of 2015. In other words, fatalities on the Mediterranean Sea in 2016 stand over 1,000 ahead of last year’s mid-year total, with one week remaining before 2016’s mid-year point.

24 Jun 2016 description
report Inter Press Service

By José Graziano da Silva and Andrew MacMillan

ROME, Jun 20 2016 (IPS) - European nations from which millions once left to escape hardship and hunger – Greece, Ireland, Italy – are today destinations for others doing the same.

Many people are on the move. The really big numbers relate to rural-urban migration in developing countries. In 1950, 746 million people lived in cities, 30 percent of the world’s population. By 2014, urban population reached 3.9 billion (54 percent).

22 Jun 2016 description

CAIRO – The World Food Programme (WFP) signed today a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for a three month emergency operation to support Egyptian returnees from Libya with much needed food assistance.

The emergency operation was launched, upon the request of the Egyptian Government, to provide assistance to 60,000 returnees from Libya in the five governorates of Sohag, Menia, Assuit, Qena and Kafr El Sheikh, where the number of people returning from Libya is at its highest.

21 Jun 2016 description

Tripoli, Libya | AFP | Tuesday 6/21/2016 - 18:44 GMT

An explosion in an arms depot near the Libyan capital killed at least 29 people and wounded dozens of others on Tuesday, security and medical officials said.

The blast occurred in Garabulli, a town about 60 kilometres (40 miles) to the east of Tripoli, when gunmen stormed the depot belonging to a militia, a security official said.

21 Jun 2016 description
report European Union

On 20 June 2016, the Council extended until 27 July 2017 the mandate of the EUNAFOR MED Operation Sophia, the EU naval operation to disrupt the business model of human smugglers and traffickers in the Southern Central Mediterranean. The Council also reinforced the operation's mandate by adding two supporting tasks: training of the Libyan coastguards and navy and contributing to the implementation of the UN arms embargo on the high seas off the coast of Libya.

21 Jun 2016 description

GINEBRA, 20 de junio de 2016 (ACNUR) - El conflicto y la persecución provocaron que el desplazamiento forzado aumentase considerablemente en 2015, alcanzando el mayor nivel jamás registrado y provocando un sufrimiento humano tremendo, de acuerdo con el informe presentado hoy por ACNUR, la Agencia de la ONU para los Refugiados.

21 Jun 2016 description

Italy - IOM reports an estimated 214,691 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 19 June, arriving in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain. Deaths so far this year are 2,861 compared with 1,838 through the first six months of 2015. In other words, fatalities on the Mediterranean Sea in 2016 stand at 1,020 ahead of last year’s mid-year total, although we remain almost two weeks shy of 2016’s mid-year point.

21 Jun 2016 description

Key Figures Mediterranean

211,385 arrivals by sea in 2016*
2,856 dead/missing in 2016*

*data.unhcr.org/mediterranean as of 15 june 2016