Libya

Libya - Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #22, Fiscal Year (FY) 2011

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 On April 24, an interagency U.N. team arrived in Tripoli, Libya, to begin establishing offices and contacts in the city. The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Benghazi reports that under a schedule set by the Government of Libya, the U.N. team will tour bombsites in Tripoli on April 25.

 On April 23, an enhanced U.S. Government (USG) Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) arrived in Benghazi to replace the team in Benghazi since April 5. The enhanced DART has technical expertise to evaluate and monitor food security, health, logistics, media, public communications, and transition issues.

 On April 22, U.S. Senator John McCain traveled to Benghazi, where the DART provided him with an overview of the humanitarian situation in Libya, ongoing USG-funded humanitarian assistance activities, and coordination efforts between the international humanitarian community and the Transitional National Council. Senator McCain also toured Benghazi’s city center and visited with wounded individuals at Jalaa Hospital.

 Mid-April assessments conducted by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and two international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) indicate that humanitarian needs in Misratah are largely met. Populations in the assessed areas have access to water and electricity; markets remain open and sufficiently stocked. While hospitals continue to require staff and medical supplies, relief agencies and local communities are meeting basic needs. As of April 24, approximately 1,470 metric tons (MT) of relief items had been transported to Misratah, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

 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.