Libya: Tripoli Clashes Situational Report No. 7 (As of 13 April 2019) [EN/AR]
- The number of individuals who have fled their homes due to the current hostilities is now approaching 16,000 – over 2,000 of whom were displaced in the past 24 hours alone.
- Another two ambulances have been damaged in the clashes, meaning eight ambulances have now been struck by weaponry since the beginning of the current hostilities.
- Humanitarian partners are providing assistance where access allows. So far some 4,000 people have been reached with some form of humanitarian assistance.
The past 24 hours saw another surge in civilians fleeing hostilities in and around Tripoli, with the number of people displaced now approaching 16,000, according to DTM. Since the start of the current hostilities, WHO has confirmed 31 civilian casualties, including nine deaths. Concerns are high for families unable to leave conflict-affected areas, with continued use of heavy weaponry reported in multiple locations, including Aziziya, Gharyan, Qasr bin Ghashir, Sawani and Wadi al-Rabie. Reports of a school building damaged by an airstrike in Ain Zara are deeply concerning. No casualties were reported in this incident. An electrical station in Ain Zara was reportedly also struck. Global evidence shows that, when explosive weapons are used in populated areas, the vast majority of those affected are civilians – during as well as in the aftermath of conflict.
Another two ambulances were damaged in context of the hostilities on 13 April, bringing the total number of ambulances struck by weaponry since the beginning of the current hostilities to eight. Damage to ambulances not only endangers health workers, but also hampers efforts to help casualties, The humanitarian community continues to call on all parties to the conflict to uphold their obligations under international law to refrain from targeting educational and health facilities and personnel as well as civilian infrastructure. Medical facilities, medical personnel and medical transport must be respected and protected in all circumstances.
More than 1,000 refugees and migrants are thought to be trapped in detention centres in Gharyan and Qasr bin Ghashir, in close proximity to ongoing hostilities. Already among the most vulnerable populations in Libya, this group now faces the risk of becoming caught in cross-fire. Detainees at Gharyan report that no drinking water is available at the facility.
Humanitarian partners continue to provide assistance where access allows, while working to ensure preparedness for a potential increase in needs. Ongoing assistance includes multi-sectoral response to the needs of families sheltering at IDP collective centres. So far, 15 have been set up in various locations in Tripoli; eight of them are currently populated. Assistance also continues via the Rapid Response Mechanism, which enables the rapid distribution of a minimum assistance package – of food rations, hygiene kits, dignity kits, and other essential non-food items – to newly displaced or otherwise highly vulnerable people.
Humanitarian partners are working to strengthen communication with affected communities in context of the response. Since the beginning of the crisis, UNHCR has introduced four helplines for refugees and IDPs to provide updated information on available shelter and other services, as well as local emergency contacts of actors who can help with emergency medical cases and evacuation from the conflict zone.
While concerns remain high for many families trapped in conflict-effected areas, first responders continue to support voluntary evacuations where access allows.
Humanitarian partners are monitoring and continuing assistance to vulnerable refugees and migrants in detention centres, where access allows. Humanitarians continue to advocate for the release of detained refugees and migrants and are working with the relevant authorities to support their relocation to safer alternative sites.