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EU Naval Mission in Mediterranean Extended to end-2018

The European Union has extended the mandate of its naval operation in the Mediterranean – known as EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sophia – until 31 December 2018. The operation aims at disrupting the business model of migrant smugglers and human traffickers in the Southern Central Mediterranean. The operation also has two supporting tasks: training the Libyan […]

Bridging the Gap in Victim Assistance in Libya

On 27 and 28 July, Libyan authorities and civil society organisations, UN entities and other stakeholders have gathered to discuss gaps and opportunities in victim assistance (VA) during the Workshop on Victim Assistance in the Context of Landmines, Cluster Munitions and Other Explosive Remnants of War in Libya. The initiative is co-organized by the United […]

Amnesty Opposes Italian Plan to Deploy Warships to Libya

Deploying warships to police Libyan waters will expose refugees to horrific abuse Proposals to send warships to police Libyan territorial waters are a shameful attempt by the Italian authorities to circumvent their duty to rescue refugees and migrants at sea and to offer protection to those who need it, said Amnesty International, ahead of a […]

Boosting Benghazi’s Health Sector: Solar Energy for Al-Kwayfia Hospital

Driving to the edge of Benghazi’s city limits will lead you to the bustling district of Al-Kwayfia. Small but lively, this suburb houses the eponymous Al-Kwayfia Respiratory Hospital, one of the few public health centers in Libya that treat respiratory illnesses and infectious diseases. The hospital’s location, away from the active fighting zones, has not […]

EU steps up Humanitarian Assistance in Libya

The EU has announced additional emergency assistance of €10 million to respond to increasing humanitarian needs in Libya, as violence and instability continue to affect vulnerable populations. This is part of the EU's broader support for Libya to address the ongoing crisis in the country, which includes funding of €220 million allocated through various support […]

EU announces Extra Support for Libya

With the situation becoming ever more pressing along the Central Mediterranean migration route, the EU has announced additional measure to support Libya to fight smugglers and enhance border control to reduce the number of people taking hazardous journeys to Europe. Among other measures, the European Commission will: Further enhance the capacity of the Libyan authorities […]

UNHCR, IOM pledge Increased Support for Libya

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), and the UN Migration Agency (IOM), have presented their plans for expanding operations in Libya and enhancing their support to migrants, refugees, asylum seekers and Libyans affected by the ongoing conflict. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi joined IOM Director General William Lacy Swing at a senior-level […]

Number of Displaced Libyans Declining

Continuing a trend that started in late 2016, the number of Libyans displaced throughout the country has been steadily declining, as people return to areas from where they were displaced, particularly in the regions of Benghazi and Sirt. The UN Migration Agency (IOM) has identified 256,615 internally displaced persons (IDPs), 227,866 returnees and 351,382 migrants […]