Libya - Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #23, Fiscal Year (FY) 2011

Situation Report
Originally published



· On April 28, pro-Qadhafi forces moved to retake Gaziya and Wazin, key border towns located several kilometers from the Tunisia–Libya border. Opposition forces previously captured Wazin and the adjacent border area on April 21, opening a supply route to the Nafusa mountain range and allowing several humanitarian agencies to travel into the area to conduct assessments and deliver relief supplies. As of 2000 hours local time on April 28, fighting continued in the general border area, with opposition forces attempting to reclaim the border post and nearby Wazin town, according to media reports.

· Pro-Qadhafi forces continue to launch rocket attacks on Misratah. On April 26, rockets landed in the informal migrant camp near the Misratah port, resulting in at least two deaths and 20 injuries, according to a USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) grantee working in the area. The port is the primary point of access for humanitarian assistance entering Misratah.

· The U.N. continues to increase its presence in Libya. On April 27, the new U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator (HC), Panos Moumtzis, arrived in Cairo to assume his duties in the region. In addition, new U.N. personnel have arrived in Benghazi, including U.N. Department of Safety and Security staff. On April 25, a plane chartered by the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) landed in Benghazi carrying vehicles and other equipment to facilitate the opening of U.N. offices in Benghazi, in addition to relief items.

· On April 27, USAID/OFDA finalized a $1.5 million contribution to the U.N. World Food Program (WFP). Of the total, $750,000 will support WFP’s Special Operation to augment logistical and communications capacity for the humanitarian community, including by establishing relief commodity warehouses and four coordination cells in Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia. The remaining $750,000 will support U.N. Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) flights for Libya, scheduled to begin on May 1.

· USAID and the U.S. Department of State are providing $47 million for the Libya complex emergency. In addition, the U.S. Government (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.