Civilians continued to be a target of armed conflict, in violation of International Humanitarian Law. On 16 April, late at night, Tripoli witnessed the worst violence recorded against civilians in Libya since 2014. Indiscriminate shelling impacted various densely populated neighborhoods of Tripoli City, including Abu Salim, Ghrarat, Suq Al-Jumaa, and Hadbaa. Indiscriminate shelling killed four people, including women, and wounded some 16 in just one night due to the rockets and shelling in Abu Salim alone, according to the health sector. The intensity of shelling this far inside civilian neighborhoods was unprecedented since the start of clashes in and around Tripoli, the worst violence recorded against civilians in Libya since 2014.
Efforts continue with parties to the conflict to secure a two-hour ceasefire to allow evacuation and assistance of civilians trapped due to ongoing hostilities, however not all parties have as yet agreed to a temporary ceasefire.
Displacement continues to steadily increase. Following the shelling on 16 April late night, further displacement is expected. Preliminary information suggests that people are moving out of Tripoli towards coastal areas, including secondary displacement. Updated information should be available within 24 to 36 hours.
Indiscriminate attacks against civilians: On 16 April late night shelling occurred in various neighbourhoods of Tripoli. Attacks particularly targeted the districts of Abusliem, the most populated neighborhood in Tripoli, and Ghrarat, Souq Jumaa, and Hadbaa.
Over 200 emergency phone calls from individuals, families and larger groups requesting their immediate evacuation have been received by first response teams, of which only four could be attended to due to ongoing hostilities and road blocks.
In conflict-affected areas, people are facing increasing challenges to access basic essential goods and public services: In Ain Zara, people were unable to buy food in their neighbourhood due to closure of local markets. Significant fuel shortages were also reported. In other areas, such is Abusliem and Salah Eddin, people lack essential medication, like insulin and hypertension drugs. Education services were also reported as one of the highest affected public services which was not always available. Health services were highly impacted by the crisis in Ain Zara, mainly due to the prolonged outages of water, electricity and telecommunications networks.
Displacement steadily increases. The proportion of displaced accommodated in collective shelters set up by local authorities continues to be around 10% of the total displaced. Most displaced people are currently staying with family and in private accommodation in neighbourhoods and suburbs in Tripoli. Preliminary information suggests that people are moving out of Tripoli towards coastal areas, including secondary displacement.
Civilian casualities: 74 civilian casualties have been confirmed since the start of current hostilities, including 18 deaths1.
- UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
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