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Statement by the Acting Humanitarian Coordinator on Libya

The United Nations is extremely concerned by the continued worsening humanitarian situation in Ganfouda area in Benghazi due to increased hostilities over the past week.

“I am extremely worried by the impact on civilians of intense fighting in and around the Ganfouda area. Many people remaining in the area have limited or no access to drinking water or food, while other essential goods and medical supplies are running critically low”, said Dr. Ghassan Khalil, the Libya Humanitarian Coordinator a.i.

“I call on all parties to take all feasible precautions to spare civilians and civilian infrastructure in the conduct of hostilities. The sick and injured must be allowed to seek and receive medical assistance and civilians and captured fighters alike must be treated humanely, regardless of their origin or political affiliations. Women and children should receive special assistance and protection. Those civilians wishing to leave should be allowed to do so in safety and dignity without delay.”

Ganfouda district has been inaccessible for many months for aid organizations, leaving civilians in dire and urgent need of protection and humanitarian assistance. The Humanitarian Country Team stands ready to assist as soon as access is granted by all parties.

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