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Libya - Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #28, Fiscal Year (FY) 2011

Situation Report
Originally published



· On May 23, an International Organization for Migration (IOM)-charted evacuation ship returned to Benghazi from Misratah, carrying 726 migrants and 56 wounded individuals, according to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The vessel—the seventh such ship chartered by IOM—also transported more than 300 metric tons (MT) of humanitarian aid to Misratah, including a field hospital, three ambulances, and oxygen cylinders.

· On May 23 and 24, security conditions in Shousha camp, located in Tunisia near the Ra’s Ajdir border crossing, deteriorated following migrant demonstrations and a subsequent attack by residents from nearby Ben Guerdane town. According to relief agencies in the area, Ben Guerdane residents looted and burned tents—destroying much of the camp and resulting in at least three confirmed deaths. Tunisian authorities also continue to investigate a May 22 fire at Shousha camp that killed four people.

· From May 20 to 23, a five-person U.N. team, including U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya Panos Moumtzis and representatives from IOM, the U.N. World Health Organization (WHO), and the U.N. Department of Safety and Security traveled to Tripoli. The trip marked the first visit to the capital by U.N. agencies since May 1, when U.N. staff departed the country after the U.N. compound in Tripoli was attacked by angry crowds. During the visit, U.N staff met with Government of Libya officials to discuss a potential humanitarian pause to facilitate access to populations in the Nafusah Mountains, as well as security requirements to re-establish a permanent U.N. presence in Tripoli.

· On May 26, U.S. Government (USG) Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) members in Benghazi, Libya, and Zarzis, Tunisia, participated in a teleconferenced U.N. Humanitarian Country Team meeting that included representatives from donor governments, U.N. agencies, and non-governmental organizations in Libya, Tunisia, and Egypt. During the meeting, the U.N. reported plans to conduct assessments in Misratah and the Nafusah Mountains in the coming weeks. A U.N. team also plans to return to Tripoli to conduct a more comprehensive assessment of humanitarian needs and follow up on reports of internal displacement between Tripoli and Zlitan.