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Humanitarian Response by the Swiss Government in support of people affected by the Libyan crisis - Situation on March 7, 2011

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Humanitarian crisis in Libya and in the neighboring region.

Following the political crisis and armed clashes in Libya, the humanitarian situation is precarious since mid-February in the country as well as in the neighboring countries. The violence and clashes haves left many dead and wounded.
Tens of thousands persons are on their way out of the country. Information concerning the western Libya is unclear if not contradictory. Currently mostly foreigners seek to reach safety in neighboring countries, where they attempt to return to their country of origin. There are estimates of about two million immigrant workers, thousands of nationals from the Maghreb, from sub-Saharan Africa and from Asia (e.g. Bangladesh, Philippines, and China). At border check points with Tunisia and Egypt, where most of these people arrive in a state of exhaustion, Humanitarian Aid is now better coordinated. But the registration and repatriation of immigrant worker families remains challenging.
Humanitarian access in Libya and the protection of the Libyan civilian population are the major claims made to the conflicting parties. Accordingly the UN has addressed an appeal to the Libyan Regime to grant free and unconditional access for humanitarian actors.