Libya: humanitarian update

31 March, 2011
Migrants arrive at a camp at the Libya - Tunisia border. Credit: IRIN/Kate Thomas
Migrants arrive at a camp at the Libya - Tunisia border. Credit: IRIN/Kate Thomas

To date 405,107 people have fled fighting in Libya to neighbouring countries. From 29 to 31 March the number of people that crossed the Libyan border into Tunisia, increased by a third, as compared to the
previous reporting period. Over 12,100 people remain at transit points, primarily in Tunisia and Egypt, where they are receiving humanitarian assistance.

NATO has officially taken over monitoring and enforcement of the no-fly zone over Libya. Priorities for the humanitarian community include protection of civilians and delivery of assistance where needed
inside Libya and to the border areas. There is no credible source to confirm or deny whether or not there have been civilian casualties in the conflict, however NATO is investigating a report that 40 civilians were killed following coalition air strikes in Tripoli.

Media reports indicate that humanitarian aid is being delivered to Libya by plane to Tobruq and by sea to Misrata. All other humanitarian assistance continues to be delivered by land routes.

The Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya starts a three-day assessment visit to Tunisia on Friday, 1 April in
order to review humanitarian conditions and interact with government and humanitarian actors.

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