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06 Mar 2011 description

The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about the fighting in western Libya, which is claiming large numbers of lives and threatens even more carnage in the days ahead. He notes that civilians are bearing the brunt of the violence, and calls for an immediate halt to the Government''s disproportionate use of force and indiscriminate attacks on civilian targets. He stresses that those who violate international humanitarian law or commit grave crimes must be held accountable.

The Secretary-General spoke this morning with Libyan Foreign Minister Mr.

06 Mar 2011 description


- The Secretary-General has appointed the former Foreign Minister of Jordan, Mr. Abdelilah Al-Khatib, as his Special Envoy to Libya.

- United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator Ms. Valerie Amos called for urgent humanitarian access to Misurata in the west of Libya following reports of violence and killing in the area.

- Ms. Amos visited the Libya-Tunisia border area and a transit camp on Saturday.

06 Mar 2011 description
  • Fall in migrant flows suggests "something dramatic"

    * UNHCR seeks satellite view of situation inside Libya

    By Douglas Hamilton

    RAS JDIR CAMP, Tunisia, March 6 (Reuters)

  • The United Nations refugee agency is seeking satellite imagery of Libya that might explain the dramatic decline in the flow into Tunisia of migrants feeling violence in Libya, an official said.

    "We don't understand why the figures have so significantly dropped overnight," UNHCR team leader Ayman Gharaibeh told Reuters on Sunday.

    "We're getting different …

06 Mar 2011 description

(Tunis/New York/Geneva, 6 March 2011): Valerie Amos, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, today called for urgent humanitarian access to Misrata in the west of Libya following reports of violence and killing in the area.

"Humanitarian organizations need urgent access now. People are injured and dying and need help immediately. I call on the authorities to provide access without delay to allow aid workers to help save lives," she said.

06 Mar 2011 description

(Tunis/New York, 6 March 2011): United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos travelled yesterday to the Tunisia-Libya border to review the ongoing relief effort for people fleeing Libya and to look at what humanitarian agencies can do further to support those who are stranded in the border areas.

"The efforts of responders to scale up assistance have so far averted a humanitarian crisis in those areas that are accessible," said Ms.

06 Mar 2011 description
report Kuwait News Agency

By Arwa Al-Woqayyan

KUWAIT, March 6 (KUNA) -- Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) announced on Sunday that Kuwait has donated one million US dollars to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to aid it in its humanitarian mission.

KRCS President Barjas Al-Barjas told KUNA that the reason behind the donation was due to the seriouse bad humanitarian situation on the Tunisian-Libyan borders.

He added that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in cooperation with KRCS, will deliver the financial support to UNHCR to aid it in accomplishing its mission of providing food and shelters for …

06 Mar 2011 description

IOM statistics and daily infographics plus a special infographics summarizing IOM support to Egypt during the Libyan humanitarian emergency:

- Full Report 1: IOM Infographics Support to Egypt

- Full Report 2: IOM Statistics on Operations in Egypt

06 Mar 2011 description
report European Union

Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, has today sent a technical fact-finding mission to Libya - the first international mission of its kind to the country since the recent violence.

The team will be led by Agostino Miozzo, Managing Director in the European External Action Service for Crisis Response and Operational Coordination.

06 Mar 2011 description

During the past few weeks of uprising in Libya, hundreds of African migrant workers have been detained, beaten, or harassed by Libyans due to reports that African mercenaries are fighting for Muammar Qaddafi.

By Clair MacDougall, Contributor / March 6, 2011

Accra, Ghana

As Libya erupts into civil war, migrant laborers from sub-Saharan Africa are coming under increasing threat of mob violence due to reports that African mercenaries are helping Muammar Qaddafi brutally quash a nation-wide uprising against his 41-year rule.

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Secretary of State for International Development Andrew Mitchell arrived at the Libyan Tunisian border today to see for himself the situation on the ground and understand what more Britain can do to help avoid a major humanitarian crisis.

?Spending time in the transit camp just beyond the border area near Ras Ajdir, the Development Secretary met some of the 179,925 displaced migrant workers who have been leaving Libya since 20 February.?

?Speaking from the Libyan Tunisian border, Andrew Mitchell announced that the UK will send two air logistics officers to support the increasingly …

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06-03-2011 News Release 11/50

Geneva/Benghazi (ICRC) - On 6 March two ICRC medical teams, comprising in all 10 surgeons and nurses, joined forces with Libyan medical and surgical teams in the cities of Benghazi and Ajdabya who are treating people wounded in the fighting.

The first team was sent to Al Jalaa Hospital in Benghazi, which has received the bulk of the casualties since the onset of the crisis.

The second team was posted to Ajdabya Central Hospital, which has also received dozens injured in the clashes in and around the city.