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Libyan and Tunisian societies working together in response to increased violence in Tripoli and Benghazi

By Raefah Makki, IFRC

The ongoing fighting in regions of Libya is having grave humanitarian consequences within the country and putting pressure on its borders with Tunisia and Egypt. Hostilities have forced large numbers of people, including migrant workers, to leave the country.

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Concern mounts for refugees and asylum-seekers in Libya

UNHCR is deeply concerned about the safety of refugees and asylum-seekers in Libya as violence escalates. Almost 37,000 people are registered with UNHCR in Tripoli and Benghazi, with many living in areas heavily damaged by fighting and unable to leave to safer areas due to ongoing clashes.

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World + 10 others
FACT SHEET: U.S. Support for Democratic Institutions, Good Governance, and Human Rights in Africa

“[I]f the dignity of the individual is upheld across Africa, then I believe Americans will be more free as well, because I believe that none of us are fully free when others in the human family remain shackled by poverty or disease or oppression. … Governments that respect the rights of their citizens and abide by the rule of law do better, grow faster, draw more investment than those who don’t.” – President Obama, Cape Town, South Africa, June 30, 2013

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Tunisia + 2 others
A lucky few flee Libya 'nightmare' to reach Tunisia

08/02/2014 15:11 GMT

by Kaouther Larbi

RAS JEDIR, August 2, 2014 (AFP) - Baby on her shoulder, suitcase in hand, Khadija, a 34-year-old Tunisian, is rushing to escape from the "Libyan nightmare" through the Ras Jedir border crossing to reach her homeland.

With the crossing point open only intermittently because of clashes on the Libyan side, Khadija has to wait all night before being allowed through.

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Tunisia + 1 other
Scores flee Libya as Tunisia reopens border crossing

08/02/2014 10:58 GMT

RAS JEDIR, August 2, 2014 (AFP) - Tunisia briefly reopened its main border crossing with Libya on Saturday, allowing some 200 people fleeing unrest to enter its territory, a day after violence prompted its closure.

Fifty vehicles with Libyan plates were seen crossing over the border into Tunisia over a period of about an hour in the morning, and some people carrying luggage did so on foot before the post was shut again.

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World + 70 others
CrisisWatch N°132 - 1 August 2014

Increasing Israeli-Palestinian tensions culminated in Israel launching "Operation Protective Edge" in Gaza in early July (see our latest report and commentary). The assault, which started as an aerial campaign and was later extended to include ground operations, reportedly killed more than 1,400 Palestinians throughout the month while 64 Israelis were killed in clashes inside the Gaza Strip and by Hamas rocket fire. Several attempts at reaching a ceasefire agreement failed in July.

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Tunisia + 1 other
Libya guards fire warning shots as crowd tries to storm border

08/01/2014 16:40 GMT

by Kaouther Larbi

RAS JDIR, August 1, 2014 (AFP) - Libyan border guards fired warning shots Friday to keep back a crowd of people trying to enter Tunisia as they fled the conflict in Libya, a Tunisian army officer said.

A Tunisian official was wounded by a stray bullet at the Ras Jdir crossing, where the incident took place and which was shut after the clashes.

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Tunisia + 1 other
La Tunisie ne pourra pas accueillir de réfugiés libyens en masse (ministre)

07/30/2014 13:55 GMT

TUNIS, 30 juillet 2014 (AFP) - La Tunisie ne pourra pas accueillir en masse des Libyens fuyant les combats dans leur pays et est prête à fermer la frontière si le flux des réfugiés devait s'accentuer, a annoncé mercredi le chef de la diplomatie tunisienne.

"La situation économique dans notre pays est précaire et on ne peut pas supporter (l'arrivée) de centaines de milliers de réfugiés" comme cela avait été le cas en 2011, lors du conflit qui a abouti à la chute du régime de Kadhafi, a souligné le ministre, Mongi Hamdi.

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Tunisia + 1 other
Tunisia can't cope with massive Libya refugee influx: minister

07/30/2014 14:05 GMT

TUNIS, July 30, 2014 (AFP) - Tunisia cannot cope with any massive influx of refugees who might seek to enter the country from strife-torn neighbouring Libya and will close its border if necessary, the foreign minister said Wednesday.

"Our country's economic situation is precarious, and we cannot cope with hundreds of thousands of refugees," as was the case during the 2011 revolution that ousted Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi, Mongi Hamdi told a press conference.

"We will close the border if the national interest requires it," he added.

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Libya + 1 other
Libya Islamists seize key Benghazi army base

07/31/2014 02:06 GMT

by Imed LAMLOUM

TRIPOLI, July 31, 2014 (AFP) - Islamist groups have seized the army special forces headquarters in Libya's Benghazi after days of fighting left at least 35 soldiers dead and plunged the country deeper into lawlessness.

An Islamist and jihadist alliance announced the capture of the main military base in the eastern city in a statement Wednesday, which was confirmed by an army official.

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Towards democracy: Tunisia’s race against time

Report
World Bank

Tunisia finalizes voter registration ahead of this year’s elections

The birthplace of the Arab Spring is sometimes described as the only democratic nation in the region of the Middle East and North Africa. In order to retain this distinction and uphold its new constitution, however, a legitimate voting process needs to be held this year.

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Tunisia's fight against Aids hampered by widespread discrimination

Report
Guardian

Despite a comprehensive approach to combating HIV-Aids, ignorance about the disease pervades Tunisian society

Hamdi Sfaxi, who sells prayer rugs outside his local mosque in Tunis, has heard it all before. "If you're going to treat Aids," he says "you need to know where it came from. It didn't exist in the past. The first person to get Aids was a gay man who had sex with a monkey."

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Les partis politiques tunisiens parviennent à un accord exhaustif sur les règles de conduite lors du processus électoral

Signature le 22 juillet 2014 de la Charte d’Honneur pour des élections transparentes, démocratiques et justes

Le Centre pour le dialogue humanitaire (le Centre HD) partage la douleur du peuple tunisien face aux évènements du 17 juillet qui ont causé la mort de nombreux membres de l’Armée Nationale, et salue l’unité et la solidarité du peuple tunisien, des institutions, de tous les acteurs politiques et de la société civile.

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Tunisian political parties reach detailed agreement on appropriate conduct during the electoral process

The Charter of Honour for fair, transparent and democratic elections to be signed on 22 July 2014

The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD Centre) expresses its solidarity with Tunisian people over the events of 17 July in which many members of the Tunisian National Army lost their lives. The HD Centre praises the unity shown by the Tunisian people, institutions, political actors and civil society.

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Tunisia: Amend Draft Counterterrorism Law

Improves on 2003 Law, but Concerns Remain

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Libya + 1 other
Libya: Civil Unrest Information Bulletin n° 2

This bulletin is being issued for information only, and reflects the current situation and details available at this time. The Tunisian Red Crescent, with the support of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and other partners, has determined that external assistance is not required, at this time and is therefore not seeking funding or other assistance from donors

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An Extra US$26.2 Million to Keep Water flowing to Towns and Cities in Tunisia

Report
World Bank

WASHINGTON, June 9, 2014 – The World Bank today announced US$26.2 million in additional financing for upgrading water supplies and services in the Greater Tunis area and other cities in Tunisia, as well as for improving the financial situation of the national water utility, Société Nationale d'Exploitation et de Distribution des Eaux (SONEDE). The Greater Tunis area has about 2.5 million inhabitants, roughly a quarter of the country’s population.

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West, North and Central Africa: Security Event Density Analysis (April 2014)

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