• UN and partners appeal for US$ 10.7 million to provide relief in Sirt
• WHO keeps delivering medical supplies and lifesaving medicines to major cities in Libya
• Lack of liquidity, shortage of gas, fuel, and price hikes remain the major problems in Derna
• UNICEF responds to the recruitment of children in armed groups
Humanitarian situation in areas affected by ongoing armed conflict
On 11 September, Libyan National Army (LNA) elements forced their way into the Petroleum Facilities Guard (PFG) controlled oil crescent area from both east (Ajdabiya/Benghazi) and southwest (Zella). Attacks reportedly targeted Sidra oil load port, Ras Lanuf oil port and Airport, Zuwetina oil load port, and the area south of Ajdabiya. Reports from the area point to continued clashes among armed groups over the past week.
Heavy fighting between LNA forces and the Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council (BRSC) elements continued during August in the Gwarsha and Ganfouda area of Benghazi, seriously affecting civilian life.
Heavy fighting against ISIL has continued in Sirt municipality with Al-Bunyan alMarsous (ABAM) forces of the Government of National Accord (GNA) reportedly making significant progress.
The situation is Derna is deteriorating with reports of LNA forces surrounding the city and closing the main roads between the city and the nearby villages and towns. Movement from and to Derna is reportedly allowed through one road, which is Karsa road that connects Derna to the villages of Ras-Hilal and Soussa north-west of Derna.
According to local sources food and medical supplies reach the city albeit in limited quantities causing a sharp increase of prices of basic commodities. According to the local council, there are shortages of gas and fuel, as well as a lack of liquidity. The public health care facilities in the city are suffering from shortages of medicines and medical items, like all the hospitals in the eastern part of Libya.
UN and partner organizations have been delivering humanitarian assistance across Libya. UNICEF provided psycho social support to over 2,616 children through fixed or mobile child-friendly spaces, and delivered catch-up classes to another 3,741 out of school children in Benghazi city. Remedial education classes and recreational activities were also provided for children at risk of dropping out of school in 10 cities. WHO through ministry of health provided essential medicines and medical supplies to hospitals and health facilities across Libya benefiting more than 140,000 people. UNHCR supported over 500 refugees and asylum seekers with registration through Community Development Centers in Tripoli and Benghazi. WFP is planning to distribute food items to over 100,000 IDPs and 1,346 refugees throughout the country. Finally, IOM continued its distribution of Non-Food Items (mattresses, pillows and blankets), Hygiene Kits, slippers and cleaning supplies to over 3,063 migrants in Detention Centers. A number of international NGOs have been providing assistance in the sectors of health, water and sanitation, as well as relief distribution.
- UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
- To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit https://www.unocha.org/.