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17 Feb 2018 description

CONTEXT

Since August 2011, approximately 40,000 Tawerghans have been displaced from Tawergha (40 KM south of Misrata), Tawergha has been one of the most affected areas during the Libyan crisis with schools, hospitals and shops having been heavily damaged. On 26 December 2017, an agreement on their return was signed by the presidency council of the Government of National Accord (GNA), the agreement marks the date of return as per 1 February 2018.

17 Feb 2018 description

Depuis novembre, le HCR, l’Agence des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés, a évacué plus de 1000 réfugiés très vulnérables depuis la Libye et recherche des solutions durables pour eux dans des pays tiers. Mardi, un vol a décollé de Tripoli à destination de Niamey, au Niger, avec 128 réfugiés à son bord. Mercredi, un deuxième avion transportant 150 réfugiés a quitté Tripoli pour Rome, en Italie. Cela porte à 1084 le nombre total de réfugiés évacués depuis le début des opérations du HCR il y a trois mois.

16 Feb 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

By Lansana Gberie, Africa Renewal

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 16 2018 (IPS) - Perhaps no major political or humanitarian disaster is as overlooked as the ongoing crisis in Libya. For example, although the New York Times in September 2017 published a total of seven articles mentioning Libya, only one of them touched on the violence ripping it apart. Even the Times’ gesture merely highlighted the latest permutation of the US government’s foreign military decisions.

16 Feb 2018 description

Key figures

  • 180,937 Libyans currently internally displaced (IDPs)

  • 334,662 returned IDPs (returns registered in 2016 – 2017)

  • 46,730 registered refugees and asylum seekers in the State of Libya

  • 4,740 persons arrived in Italy by sea in 2018

  • 150 monitoring visits to detention centres so far in 2018 (1,080 in 2017).

16 Feb 2018 description
report Voice of America

WASHINGTON — Somali government efforts to evacuate a large number of Somali migrants from Libya hit a snag after the delegation sent there was unable to persuade migrants to abandon the dangerous sea journey to Europe and instead return to Somalia.

Members of the delegation say the migrants have told them they have suffered during the journey to Libya and feel that they have “nothing else to lose.” Officials say the migrants are determined to make a final attempt to reach European shores.

16 Feb 2018 description

Geneva/Munich (ICRC) – As Libya enters its eighth year of conflict, the humanitarian situation of the population is relentlessly deteriorating amid persistent armed conflict, violence and insecurity, the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said today after a three-day visit to the country.

The ICRC has recently scaled up its operations in Libya, which has been engulfed in economic chaos, general lawlessness and armed groups vying for power since the revolution in 2011.

16 Feb 2018 description

Tripoli – Nineteen people were killed and 49 were injured in the early morning of 14 February when the truck they were travelling in crashed near Bani Waleed, Libya. According to some of the survivors of the accident which occurred around 3am, around 180 migrants were crammed into the truck's cargo containers. The survivors also said that the smugglers' truck crashed when it drove into a large hole in the road; overloaded with people, it became unbalanced, resulting in the deadly accident.

16 Feb 2018 description
report Human Rights Watch

ICC Should Investigate Forced Displacement of Tawerghans

(Beirut) – Armed groups and civilian authorities in the Libyan coastal city of Misrata are blocking thousands of people from the town of Tawergha from returning to their hometown after seven years of forced displacement, Human Rights Watch said today. Two men have died following strokes since February 1, 2018, in the deteriorating conditions for families stranded in makeshift desert camps that lack adequate health facilities.

15 Feb 2018 description

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, in Libya deplores the tragic truck accident near Bani Waleed, which left 19 refugees dead and 49 others injured on Wednesday, 14 February.

The smuggler's truck reportedly drove into a large hole in the road and lost its balance being heavily overloaded with 180 people on board. The smugglers were transporting the group from As Saddadah to Tarhuna. Many of the surviving refugees and migrants were recaptured by the smugglers after the accident and remain in an unknown location.

15 Feb 2018 description

Geneva, Switzerland 5 February 2018

As delivered

Excellencies, colleagues,

Thank you all for joining our briefing today on the humanitarian situation in Libya. I welcome on the podium the Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya, Ms. Maria do Valle Ribeiro, and Mr. Patrick Youssef, Deputy Regional Director for Africa Operations of the International Committee of the Red Cross. I also welcome Mr. Adel Shaltut, Chargé d’affaires at the Permanent Mission of the State of Libya to the United Nations in Geneva.

15 Feb 2018 description
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Since November, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has evacuated over 1,000 highly vulnerable refugees out of Libya and is looking for durable solutions for them in third countries. On Tuesday, a flight departed from Tripoli bound for, Niamey, Niger, carrying 128 refugees and on Wednesday, a second plane took 150 refugees from Tripoli to Rome, Italy, bringing to 1,084 the total number of refugees evacuated since the beginning of UNHCR’s operation, three months ago.

14 Feb 2018 description

Tripoli - At nearly 3:00am on 14 February, a truck accident occurred, leaving 19 people dead and 49 people injured near Bani Waleed in Libya. The migrants on board reported that 180 people were crammed into the truck's cargo containers. They also said that the smugglers' truck crashed when it drove into a large hole in the road; overloaded with people, it became unbalanced. Out of the total migrants involved, approximately 138 were Eritrean, while the remaining were Somali and Ethiopian.

14 Feb 2018 description

On February 14 at 3:00 AM, a large truck used by smugglers to transport migrants from the As Saddadah (60 km south-east of Bani Waleed) to Tarhuna, was involved in a car accident causing the death of 19 migrants and injuring 49 more migrants. Out of the 180 migrants involved, 138 were Eritreans while the remaining were Somalis and Ethiopians.

Out of the 19 reported victims, 4 were children, 1 was an adult woman and 14 adult men. The wounded are reportedly: 10 children, 9 adult women and 30 men.

09 Feb 2018 description
report Voice of America

Last Updated: February 09, 2018 12:22 PM
VOA News

At least two people were killed and dozens more injured in twin bombings Friday on a mosque in the Libyan city of Benghazi, medics said — the second attack on a place of worship in Benghazi in the past month.

At least 62 people were wounded in the attacks on the Saad Ibn Ibada mosque near the Majouri district of Libya's second city during Friday prayers. The devices appeared to have been detonated remotely.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks.

09 Feb 2018 description

Key figures

  • 180,937 Libyans currently internally displaced (IDPs)

  • 334,662 returned IDPs (returns registered in 2016 – 2017)

  • 46,730 registered refugees and asylum seekers in the State of Libya

  • 4,733 persons arrived in Italy by sea in 2018

  • 121 monitoring visits to detention centres so far in 2018 (1,080 in 2017)

08 Feb 2018 description

The Italian government has announced an additional 80 million euro investment in its African Fund to fight illegal migration and the deployment of troops in Libya “to combat illegal immigration and counter terrorism threats.” The deployment of troops is condemned as a violation of Libyan sovereignty and a report by ISS Institute for Security Studies and The Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime describes the tight link between security and migrant management in Libya as …

08 Feb 2018 description

I am deeply concerned by reports that unidentified persons detonated two car bombs outside the Baya'at al-Radwan mosque in the Al-Salmani district of Benghazi, Libya on the evening of 23 January 2018, killing at least 34 people, including children, and wounding over 90 others.

I am equally appalled by photographs and video made public on 24 January 2018, that purportedly show Major Mahmoud Mustafa Busayf al-Werfalli executing 10 persons in front of the Baya'at al-Radwan mosque, in what appears to constitute retaliation for the cowardly bombings of 23 January 2018.

08 Feb 2018 description
report REACH Initiative

INTRODUCTION

In an effort to better understand market dynamics in Libya, the Joint Market Monitoring Initiative (JMMI) was initiated by the Libya Cash & Markets Working Group (CMWG) in June 2017. The initiative is guided by the CMWG Markets Taskforce, led by REACH and supported by the CMWG members.

Markets in key urban areas across Libya are assessed on a monthly basis. In each location, field teams record prices and availability of basic food and nonfood items (NFI) sold in local shops and markets.

07 Feb 2018 description

Summary

  • On 1 February, families from the east, south and west of Libya attempted to return to Tawergha following the signing of a decree on 26 December 2017 by the Presidency Council (PC)which indicated the start date for the return process. Upon attempting to return, people were blocked from entering Tawergha by armed groups apparently opposing return.

  • As of 6 February, over 1,000 families currently in tented settlements in three different locations.