Risk for an intensified humanitarian situation remains high

24 March, 2011
Each day, hundreds of people who have crossed into Tunisia from Libya arrive at a transit camp near the border. Credit: OCHA/David Ohana
Each day, hundreds of people who have crossed into Tunisia from Libya arrive at a transit camp near the border. Credit: OCHA/David Ohana

The crisis in Libya continues to grow worrisome as violent fighting has caused over 350,000 people to leave the country, according to IOM and UNHCR. Hostilities continue in several locations including Mistrata, Ajdabiyah and Zintan, where protection of civilians and humanitarian needs are of utmost importance. The number of civilian casualties remained unconfirmed and affected areas are unreachable to both aid and aid workers. Coalition forces continue to implement a no-fly zone over Libya, but the security situation has yet to stabilize.

The risk for an intensified humanitarian situation remains high. NGOs and humanitarian actors operating in affected areas report an urgent need for additional medical equipment and supplies. Although evacuation operations have been recently accelerated, long-haul flights are still lacking as 1,500 people remain stranded at the Libyan-Egypt border and another 7,300 are stranded in camps near the Libyan-Tunisian border. The majority of those stranded are Sudanese, Bangladeshi and Nigerian.

The $160.3 million Regional Flash Appeal for the Libyan Crisis was only 67 per cent funded as of 24 March. All humanitarian partners are encouraged to inform the Financial Tracking Service of contributions by emailing fts@reliefweb.int.

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