libya

'Alarming’ military build-up underway in Libya, as COVID-19 heightens insecurity

The civil war in Libya is in danger of intensifying as foreign intervention grows and the spectre of the COVID-19 pandemic adds to a deepening sense of insecurity, the head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) told the Security Council on Tuesday.

News in Brief 15 May 2020

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  • UNICEF alert on vaccination and protection gaps in DR Congo linked to pandemic
  • Libya refugees and migrants ‘desperate’ amid food price spike: UNHCR
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UN condemns deadly shelling on civilian areas of Libyan capital

The UN Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has condemned several recent attacks on civilian areas of the Libyan Capital, Tripoli, which have reportedly caused deaths and injuries.

UN rights office concerned over migrant boat pushbacks in the Mediterranean

Restrictions against humanitarians who rescue migrant boats in the central Mediterranean are putting lives at risk and must be lifted immediately, the UN human rights office said on Friday.

Attacks on civilians, arbitrary arrests, top list of abuses in Libya: ICC Prosecutor

Unabated violence, particularly in and around the Libyan capital, has now been raging for more than a year, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) told the Security Council in a virtual briefing on Tuesday, warning that war crimes may have been committed.

Intensifying shelling and COVID-19 pandemic creates ‘perfect storm’ in Libya

In Libya, ongoing heavy fighting has raised concerns yet further, about the likely devastating impact of the new coronavirus on people there, particularly those repeatedly forced to flee violence.

Course of coronavirus pandemic across Libya, depends on silencing the guns

Fighting must stop immediately in Libya if it is to have any chance of staving off the COVID-19 outbreak, the top United Nations official in the North African country said on Tuesday as he condemned an attack on a major Tripoli hospital. 

UN welcomes response by Libyan parties to calls for humanitarian pause

The United Nations on Saturday welcomed the “positive responses” of Libya’s Tripoli-based government and the Libyan National Army (LNA) to calls for a pause to stop the fighting, in the hopes that this would allow humanitarian access throughout the crisis-torn country and head off the potential threat of COVID-19. 

Declaring commitment to ‘peace and stability’ for Libya, top UN envoy steps down as stress takes its toll

After serving more than two years as the UN’s Special Representative in charge of finding a way to a lasting peace in war-torn Libya, Ghassan Salamé - who also heads up the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) - handed in his resignation on Monday, citing failing health caused by the immense stress of the job.  

News in Brief 28 February 2020

  • COVID-19: Risk now 'very high', but containment still possible
  • 'Mayhem' in Idlib as Turkey-Syria tensions escalate
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