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OCHA Flash Update 2 – Humanitarian agencies launch appeal to respond to large-scale displacement in Libya

Civilian casualties, injuries, and large-scale displacement continue to increase in Libya as a result of recent clashes in the capital city of Tripoli and several other areas of the country. The Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) estimates that over 331,000 people are at risk and in need of humanitarian assistance, which includes over 287,000 internally displaced within and around Tripoli and Benghazi. 

In addition, at least 100,000 people are known to have crossed the borders into neighboring countries. The Libyan government, the Libyan Red Crescent Society and other local partners, together with international organizations, are seeking to respond to humanitarian needs. In this regard, the HCT has launched an appeal for US$35.25 million, which targets the internally displaced, migrants, refugees, other vulnerable groups and affected host communities.

The main humanitarian priorities outlined in the appeal are health and food assistance, provision of non-food items and hygiene kits and mine action activities. Whilst the conflict has obliged the vast majority of the international community present in Libya, including the United Nations, to temporarily withdraw from the country, access is being sought through national and international partners who have presence in the country and through UN agency national staff.

Humanitarian needs assessments are ongoing in order to take into account the fluid security situation in the country and identify and target the most vulnerable affected populations and guide the humanitarian response.

The next Flash Update will be issued as soon as more information is available. For further inquiries, contact: Ms. Iman Shawwa, United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), [email protected]

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
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