Libya: Activities at Disembarkation, Monthly Update - December 2017

from UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Published on 08 Jan 2018 View Original

Libya continues to be the main transit point for departure from North Africa towards Europe. UNHCR's interventions at disembarkation points in Libya focus on the provision of life-saving assistance and protection monitoring, to identify persons in need of international protection, as well as vulnerable individuals. As of 31 December 2017, the Libyan Coast Guard rescued/intercepted a total of 15,358 people in different locations along the Libyan coast. 1,157 individuals were rescued/intercepted in December, 1,214 in November and 615 in October. Since 1 January 2017, Libyan local authorities have recovered 433 bodies of people who perished while attempting to cross the Mediterranean towards Europe. UNHCR through its partner International Medical Corps provides medical services, rescue kits and rehabilitation of WASH facilities at six disembarkation points, in Azzawya, Tripoli (3), Tajoura (Al Hamidiyah) and Alkhums.