Libya: Humanitarian Access Snapshot (September 2019)
OVERVIEW OF HUMANITARIAN ACCESS
Since April 2019, when the clashes in Tripoli began, a growing number of humanitarian access constraints have been reported by partners to the Humanitarian Access Working Group¹. Between July and September 2019, most of the field access constraints in the east and the west of Libya were handled by the humanitarian organizations in real-time, however, some constraints required more time to negotiate access. Mostly, these constraints were resolved by local implementing partners.
Partners also reported that full access inside some detention centers remains restricted. Despite access being facilitated by national-level authorities to visit the entire facility, detention center staff are restricting access by partners to specific areas, and as a result, not all vulnerable persons inside these detention centers may receive assistance.
Access to the south of Libya, where humanitarian needs are the greatest, remains difficult and restricted mostly due to insecurity. The underfunding of the 2019 Humanitarian Response Plan has impacted partners’ capacity, especially INGOs, to increase the security measurements to operate in areas of high insecurity despite there being high humanitarian needs. Most of humanitarian organizations are operating through local partners to implement humanitarian activities.
In September 2019, UNHAS flights to Tripoli ceased after an increase in shelling and air strikes against Mitiga Airport. Commercial flights have been diverted to Misrata Airport. Tripoli International Airport has been closed since 2014. Tripoli can be only accessed by