Note: The last fact sheet was dated April 11, 2011.
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) airstrikes reportedly struck a military installation in Tripoli today, according to international news sources. In Misratah, news reports indicate that pro-Qadhafi forces launched attacks on a residential area near the opposition-controlled port this morning. Pro-Qadhafi forces have also intensified attacks on the western city of Zintan in recent days, resulting in an increased number of individuals fleeing into Tunisia.
The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) briefed Member States in New York on April 12 regarding humanitarian developments in Libya. During the briefing, OCHA announced that the U.N. has officially activated seven clusters for the Libya response—including food security, health, nutrition, logistics, telecommunications, protection, and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH).
The Libya Contact Group—established in late March to coordinate the international response to the Libyan conflict— held its first international summit in Qatar on April 13, co-chaired by Qatar and the United Kingdom. Representatives from the U.S. Government (USG), 20 other countries, the U.N., the Arab League, NATO, the European Union, the Organization of the Islamic Conference, and the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf participated in the summit.
USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) recently committed an additional $2.8 million for the Libya complex emergency. With the USAID/OFDA funds, the non-governmental organizations (NGOs) will support hospitals and health clinics in eastern Libya and preposition staff, medical supplies, and relief commodities on the Tunisian border to respond to humanitarian needs in western Libya as security permits access. In total, three organizations will position sufficient supplies and commodities to benefit more than 75,000 conflict-affected individuals in western Libya.
USAID and the U.S. Department of State are providing $47 million for the Libya complex emergency. In addition, the USG has provided military in-kind assistance to transport 1,158 Egyptians from Tunisia to Egypt via U.S. C-130s, valued at nearly $1.1 million.