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Efforts to aid victims of fighting in western Libya

In response to the fighting in both the Warshefana district and the Jebel Nafusa which have left at least dozens of civilians dead and injured and over 100,000 displaced, various national organisations have responded by mobilising volunteers to provide humanitarian assistance.

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OCHA Flash Update 1 – Fighting leads to large-scale displacement in Libya

  During July and August 2014, fighting between rival militias, originating from the towns of Misrata and Zintan, in Tripoli International Airport and other vicinities has led to civilian casualties and injuries and forced thousands to flee their homes. The deteriorating security situation has spread to other areas in the …

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An International Stabilization Force for Libya?

Chaos rules the day in Libya. Since the elections for the House of Representatives in late June, the already unstable transition has fallen further off track. The four major threats to a positive development of Libya are the inability of the government to impose its will and retain the monopoly on violence, …

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What Libya says about intervention

Last month, American diplomats and Marines were evacuated from Tripoli. The 2011 international coalition intervention in Libya was supposed to be a step forward for the Responsibility to Protect doctrine – the notion that if a state fails to protect its citizens from mass atrocities, it becomes the international community’s responsibility …

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A Western Strategy for Libya

Libya has disappeared from Western headlines, even though the situation on the ground is going from bad to worse. How long can the West afford to ignore this disaster? The United States and Europe had a decisive role in overthrowing the Gaddafi regime and are now morally obliged to support …

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Libya: ICRC delegate murdered in Sirte

Tripoli/Geneva (ICRC) – The ICRC condemns in the strongest possible terms the murder of its staff member Michael Greub. The 42-year-old Swiss national, head of the organization’s Misrata sub-delegation, was killed by armed men around midday today in the city of Sirte.

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The Consequences of NATO's Good War in Libya

NATO’s intervention was thus executed nearly flawlessly, yet appears to be a strategic mistake. In weighing the costs and benefits of the operation, one would naturally begin with the immediate danger that spurred NATO to act: the humanitarian concern that Qaddafi would have crushed the opposition to his regime in …

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