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Fact Sheet Libyan Crisis, 21 June 2011

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HUMANITARIAN SITUATION AND NEEDS

Situation in Libya

  • The UN team has warned of public health threats in Tripoli with the potential outbreak of infectious diseases (a measles outbreak has already been reported) and a deterioration of food security. For the moment, there is no UN presence in the city due to security concerns.

  • The Dhibat/Wazin border remains open and humanitarian partners are able to access and provide assistance to the Nafusa Mountains as far as Yafran via this border crossing.

  • An International Commission of the Red Cross (ICRC) assessment and protection mission from the West has reached Sirte, half-way between Misrata and Brega. Information on the humanitarian situation will be relayed this week.

  • In the meantime, International Organisations and the Libyan Committee for Humanitarian Relief (LCHR) are preparing contingency plans concerning population displacements from the West.

  • Despite continued heavy fighting on the outskirts of the city, the situation in the city of Misrata continues to improve as commercial and humanitarian access via the port is granted. International Organisation for Migration (IOM) boat rotations are continuing and will continue for at least another month.
    The World Food Programme (WFP) has also delivered commodities to the city.

  • There is still concern over the Chadian population stranded in Southern Libya and the Al-Katroun region. The ICRC is trying to trace the thousands of Chadians believed to be travelling to the Chad and Niger borders.

  • The presence of land-mines, abandoned munitions and unexploded ordnance throughout Libya pose a serious threat to civilians. There is also mounting evidence of the use of cluster bombs by governmental forces.