Global Emergency Overview Weekly Picks, 11 April 2019
On 4 April the commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Khalifa Haftar, called his troops to take over Tripoli resulting in clashes with rival militias loyal to the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA). So far, 47 people have reportedly been killed, including nine civilians (three of them were health workers), and over 181 injured. Fighting in and around Tripoli has displaced 6,000 people. Civilians close to the front line are unable to leave due to the intensity of fighting. Migrants and refugees in detention centres close to the clashes are without access to food and water. The only functioning international airport in Tripoli was hit by an airstike, suspending civilian aviation services
The number of IDPs in Rakhine has reached 27,000 people in April, due to a spike in conflict between Myanmar Army and the Arakan Army (AA) since January 2019. At least six Rohingya civilians in Buthidaung township were killed, and at least 10 others were injured, during clashes on 4 April. The displaced people are living in temporary shelters in Ponnakyun, Kyauktaw, Mrauk-U, Minbya, Rathedaung, and Buthidaung townships. Since 10 January 2019, the Government has restricted humanitarian access in Kyauktaw, Ponnagyun, Buthidaung, Maungdaw and Rathedaung.
Over 10,000 people were forced to relocate by the military on 8 April from Jakana town to Bakassi camp in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state. Relocation occurred without warning due to the planned military operation against the Islamic State West Africa Province (SWAP). Civilians had little time to collect personal belongs, and IDPs are likely to be in urgent need of shelter, food, water and medical care. A surge in attacks in December caused tens of thousands of people to flee to Maudiguri, increasing the population in camps, putting additional pressure on resources.