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17 Oct 2017 description
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BACKGROUND

Between 17 September and 6 October 2017, fighting between rival armed groups in the Libyan city of Sabratha led to the rapid displacement of 2,350 host community households (11,350 individuals) to surrounding cities and towns. Though active hostilities in Sabratha have subsided and many internally displaced persons (IDPs) have opted to return, the atmosphere remains tense, and others have chosen to remain temporarily in their areas of displacement as they assess the situation.

17 Oct 2017 description

Sabratha – In the aftermath of weeks of conflict in the Libyan coastal city of Sabratah, IOM, the UN Migration Agency is providing support to more than 14,000 migrants, previously held in numerous informal detention centres and camps and now transferred to Zuwara and an assembly point in Sabratha.

17 Oct 2017 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

17 Oct 2017 description

BACKGROUND

In the aftermath of weeks of conflict in the Libyan coastal city of Sabratha, more than 14,000 migrants, previously held in numerous informal detention centres and camps, have been transferred either to Zwara or an assembly point in Sabratha. From where, the Directorate for Combatting Illegal Migration (DCIM) has been transferring the migrants to different detention centres throughout Tripoli area, including Trig al Seka, Ghariyan (south of Tripoli), Tajoura and Trig al Matar.

16 Oct 2017 description

Key figures

217,022 Libyans currently internally displaced (IDPs)

278,559 returned IDPs (returns registered in 2017)

43,133 registered refugees and asylumseekers in Libya

108,764 persons arrived in Italy by sea so far in 2017

14,500 estimated refugees and migrants in Sabratha and surrounding areas

Funding

USD 75.5 M requested in 2017
Funded 49%
Gap 51%

16 Oct 2017 description

Tunis, 16 October 2017 - The House of Representative and High Council of State’s Joint Drafting Committee held its second meeting this week with a strong push to advance the finalization of the amendments to the Libyan Political Agreement.

16 Oct 2017 description

In the aftermath of weeks of conflict in the Libyan coastal city of Sabratha, at least 4,000 migrants, previously held in numerous informal detention centres and camps, were transferred to a hangar in the city’s Dahman area. An additional around 1,000 migrants reached Zwara on foot coming from Sabratha and are currently detained in Zwara. The Directorate for Combatting Illegal Migration (DCIM) is transferring migrants from Sabratha and Zwara to different detention centres throughout the region, including Trig al Seka, Ghariyan, Tajoura and Trig al Matar.

14 Oct 2017 description

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ghassan Salamé, met with the Dialogue Committees of the House of Representative and High Council of State tasked with drafting amendments to the Political Agreement. He congratulated them on the safe return after extensive consultations with their colleagues and wished them success in reaching understandings that would move the political process out of the current impasse.

13 Oct 2017 description

Key figures

217,022 Libyans currently internally displaced (IDPs)

278,559 returned IDPs (returns registered in 2017)

10,000 estimate of refugees and migrants in Sabratha and surrounding areas.

43,133 registered refugees and asylum-seekers in Libya

107,759 persons arrived in Italy by sea so far in 2017

Funding

USD 75.5 M requested in 2017
Funded 49%
Gap 51%

13 Oct 2017 description

Key figures

217,022 Libyans currently internally displaced (IDPs)

278,559 returned IDPs (returns registered in 2017)

43,133 registered refugees and asylumseekers in Libya

107,982 persons arrived in Italy by sea so far in 2017

Funding

USD 75.5 M requested in 2017
Funded 49%
Gap 51%

Population Movements

13 Oct 2017 description

On 6 October, the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) successfully implemented a special-to-theatre training of 12 Libyan Military Engineers. The month-long training aimed to enhance the Libyan capacity to carry out Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) and respond to the contamination resulting from protracted armed conflict.

13 Oct 2017 description

After three weeks of fights between rival groups in Sabratha, that left at least 43 dead and 340 wounded, Libyan authorities took control of various informal detention centres and camps previously run by criminal networks where 4.000 to 6.000 refugees and migrants have been held here under “very difficult conditions”.

13 Oct 2017 description

OVERVIEW

  • Clashes erupted in Sabratha on 17th of September causing to date the displacement of 2,350 households (11,350 individuals) and up to 4,000 migrants.

  • IDPs have primarily been displaced to the muhalla of Alnahda (2,100 HHs), whilst another 250 households have been displaced outside of the Sabratha baladiya to Zwara, Aljmail, Al Ajyalat, Surman and Azzawya.

  • Between 6 and 8 October, at least 4,000 migrants were reported as transferred to a hangar, an assembly point, in the area of Dahman in Sabratah.

13 Oct 2017 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

13 October 2017

Since last Friday, UNHCR teams in Libya have been responding to the urgent humanitarian needs in and around Sabratha, a city located some 80 kilometres west of the libyan capital Tripoli. The city has been the theater of three weeks of fierce fighting.

13 Oct 2017 description

Libya continues to be the main transit point for departure from North Africa towards Europe. UNHCR's interverntions at disembarkation points in Libya focus on the provision of life-saving assistance and protection monitoring, to identify persons in need of international protection, as well as vulnerable individuals, such as unaccompanied and separated children, elderly, medical cases, women at risk or victims of trafficking.

12 Oct 2017 description

Key figures

217,022 Libyans currently internally displaced (IDPs)

278,559 returned IDPs (returns registered in 2017)

10,000 estimate of refugees and migrants in Sabratha and surrounding areas.

43,133 registered refugees and asylumseekers in Libya

107,759 persons arrived in Italy by sea so far in 2017

Highlights

12 Oct 2017 description

Arabic

Geneva, 12 October 2017 - No UN High Commissioner for Human Rights ever managed to make an official visit to discuss the human rights situation in Libya during the time of Muammar Gaddafi or in the years following the end of his dictatorial regime.