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21 Jul 2016 description

Every day, 10 people are killed by landmines. Besides claiming such a substantial number of lives, landmines form an obstacle to post-conflict reconstruction efforts. Foreign trade and development cooperation minister Lilianne Ploumen said: ‘The devastating impact of landmines doesn’t stop when the violence ends. Emergency workers are left unable to reach the places where they’re needed, refugees can’t return home and farmers can’t access their land.

30 Oct 2011 description

Over the next six months, the Netherlands will treat fifty wounded Libyans who cannot be treated in Libya. It will do so at the urgent request of the National Transitional Council. Libya's hospitals have been largely destroyed by the fighting, and casualties have been high.

Also treating Libya's wounded will be France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK.

The treatment will be paid for by Libya – thus not provided at the expense of treatment to Dutch patients. Libya has also made a firm undertaking that the wounded will return to Libya once the treatment is over.

15 Aug 2011 description

The Netherlands is freeing up €100 million of the Libyan regime’s assets that are frozen in the Netherlands at the urgent request of the World Health Organization. The WHO will use the funds to distribute medical supplies, of which there is currently an acute shortage in Libya, among the Libyan population.

The Netherlands can release the money to the WHO because the UN sanctions committee has given its approval. The medical supplies will go to people in Benghazi and other rebel-held areas, areas where there is fighting, and areas still controlled by the Gaddafi regime.

04 Mar 2011 description

Newsflash | 4 March 2011

In response to the recent appeal by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the Netherlands is donating €1 million to help people stranded in Tunisia, Egypt and elsewhere in the region.

Last week, the Netherlands pledged €0.5 million to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. An estimated 147,000 people have fled from Libya to Egypt and Tunisia.

'The humanitarian situation in Tunisia has not yet reached crisis proportions but it could do so at any time,' said Ben Knapen, Minister for European Affairs and …

02 Mar 2011 description

Newsflash | 2 March 2011

The Netherlands has pledged €0.5 million in response to an appeal from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). The situation on Egypt's and Tunisia's borders with Libya, to which more than 100,000 Egyptians, Tunisians and other migrants have surged in the past few days, is deteriorating fast.

The IFRC will be using the money for food, shelter and medicines. By contributing to the IFRC, the Netherlands is supporting the work of the Dutch Red Cross's sister organisations in Egypt and Tunisia.