Libya: Preparatory humanitarian mission

14 March, 2011
Bangladeshi men, some of whom have been awaiting onward transport for almost two weeks, take shelter in one of the few covered spaces at the Saloum Land Port on the Egyptian/Libyan border. Credit: OCHA/David Ohana
Bangladeshi men, some of whom have been awaiting onward transport for almost two weeks, take shelter in one of the few covered spaces at the Saloum Land Port on the Egyptian/Libyan border. Credit: OCHA/David Ohana

On 12 March, the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC) for Libya, Mr. Rashid Khalikov, arrived in Tripoli with his team to conduct a preparatory humanitarian mission. The team met Dr. Khaled Kaaim, Deputy Foreign Minister, and Dr. Habib Tamar, Under Secretary of the Ministry of Public Health. The Government requested a detailed outline of mission objectives, areas to visit and officials to meet.

The team observed that Tripoli appeared calm. Shops are open and people are moving freely in the city. The team observed a large number of migrant workers forming long queues inside the airport terminals, and in makeshift camps outside the airport. The mission also reported truckloads of mostly African migrant workers en route to the Tunisian border.

The Government told the HC that the mission would be granted access to locations outside Tripoli during their visit, including to areas of recent fighting. The Government asserts that there are no humanitarian shortages in areas under its control. The mission has not yet verified this information.

The international humanitarian community’s focal point for any forthcoming needs assessments is Under Secretary Dr. Habib Tamar of the Ministry of Public Health. The Government said it would address the security requirements necessary to allow humanitarian workers to carry out assessments.

On 12 March, the League of Arab States called on the United Nations Security Council to impose a no-fly zone over Libyan air space.

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