Libya: Tripoli Clashes Situational Report No. 6 (As of 12 April 2019) [EN/AR]

Report
from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 12 Apr 2019

This report is produced by OCHA Libya in collaboration with humanitarian partners.

Highlights

  • Since the onset of armed conflict in and around Tripoli, over 13,500 individuals have been displaced. Some 4,000 of them were displaced within the last 24 hours.

  • The humanitarian community is concerned about rising numbers of civilian casualties, including medical personnel. Within just in one week, three medical personnel have been killed and five ambulances have been incapacitated by shrapnel.

  • The humanitarian community remains committed to assist those in Libya in need of assistance during this time of crisis. The Rapid Response Mechanism in Libya has been activated on 11 April, and within two days already reached 2,000 individuals with a key package that includes hygiene kits, dignity kits, NFI kits and food rations.

13,500+ individuals have been displaced since the onset of fighting. This includes the movement of some 4,000 additional individuals in the last 24 hours.

3,900 people who requested their evacuation from conflictaffected areas could not be evacuated to comparatively safer areas.

900+ individuals currently reside in collective shelters, and local authorities are setting up additional shelters to receive displaced families.

$190m is required to meet the funding requirement of the 2019 Humanitarian Response Plan.
Additional funding is urgently needed.

Situation Overview

Significant numbers of civilians remain stuck in areas affected by conflict, such as Sawani, Azizia, Qasr Ben Ghashir, Khallet Forjan, Ain Zara and Wadi Al-Rabee, unable to move to comparatively safer areas. To date, first responders have received some 881 requests for evacuations. However, only 119 evacuations could be successfully conducted, and only eight of them occurred in the last 24 hours. This translates to some 4,500 people requesting their evacuation, with only 600 people managing to secure a safe exit. Low evacuation rates have been attributed to ongoing clashes, and reports of the indiscriminate and deliberate targeting of ambulance vehicles. Additionally, many doctors and ambulance drivers were reported to have pulled out of the rescue operations, citing the unsustainable risk they were exposed to.

The humanitarian community is concerned about rising numbers of civilian casualties, including medical personnel. Just yesterday, on 11 April, indiscriminate artillery shelling on densely populated and residential areas in Al-Swani in the southern outskirts of Tripoli resulted in the death of one civilian and three injuries, two of whom remain in critical condition. Within just in one week, three medical personnel have been killed and five ambulances have been incapacitated by shrapnel. In a statement today, the Humanitarian Coordinator has reminded all parties to the conflict of their obligation to prevent harm to civilians, safeguard civilian infrastructure and to ensure safe, unimpeded and sustained humanitarian access by emergency services and aid workers to all affected people.

Displacement numbers continue to steadily increase. As per DTM, since the onset of armed conflict on 05 April 2019, over 13,500 individuals have been displaced. This includes the recent displacement of some 4,000 individuals within the last 24 hours. Most displaced households are currently staying with family and acquaintances or in private accommodation. Key reception areas are Tripoli, Tajoura, Swani, and Janzour, amidst other locations. The number of IDPs identified in collective shelters in Tripoli and surrounding areas has increased to over 900 individuals, and local authorities are setting up additional shelters to receive displaced families

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