Libya - Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #26, Fiscal Year (FY) 2011

Situation Report
Originally published



· On May 11, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reported that the Qadhafi government has agreed to meet with the U.N. Special Envoy to Libya, Abdul Ilah Khatib, for a second time. The Secretary-General also publicly called for an immediate ceasefire and unimpeded humanitarian access throughout Libya.

· On May 9, a ship chartered by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) arrived at the Misratah port carrying spare parts for water and electrical supply systems, approximately 8,000 jars of baby food, and medical supplies, including four kits of surgical instruments and surgical dressings. The ship also carried vehicles for ICRC staff working in Misratah. ICRC plans to use the ship as a floating base of operations.

· As of May 12, the security situation in opposition-held areas of Misratah remained relatively calm compared to previous days of shelling by pro-Qadhafi forces on the port and surrounding areas. In discussions with the U.S. Government (USG) Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) in Benghazi, a non-governmental organization (NGO) working in Misratah confirmed sufficient food and fuel in the city, as well as stable food prices. The NGO noted that shops are open and cars are driving through streets in the opposition-held northern enclave.

· In western Libya, fighting between pro-Qadhafi and opposition forces continues in the Nafusah mountain range, with hospitals in Zintan and Nalut towns receiving a steady influx of war-wounded; Nalut Hospital admits an average of 20 wounded people per day. At the Dahiba border crossing with Tunisia, intermittent clashes in recent days has caused some residents of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Red Crescent camp in Dahiba, as well as NGO staff working in the area, to flee as a result of insecurity. As of May 12, the opposition retained control of the border crossing.

· USAID and the U.S. Department of State are providing $53.5 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.[1]