Libya: UNHCR, plan in Tunisia ready for 25,000 refugees

Camps selected, control of aid in place

28 May, 15:26

    (ANSAmed) - TUNIS, MAY 28 - To prepare for a potential escalation of violence in Libya and the mass arrival of refugees in Tunisia, the UN refugee agency UNHCR has held a number of meetings with representatives of the Tunisian government, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and other agencies interested in the situation in Libya ''to update the emergency plan and control mechanisms of intervention in light of developments in the country'', said the coordinator in Tunisia of UNHCR's activities, Naoufel Tounsi, in an interview to magazine ''Assabah al-Osbouii''.

    The emergency plan, stressed Tounsi, was established in the event of the arrival of 25,000 people fleeing to Tunisia from Libya. It includes the localization of camps to host refugees and the control of the quality of aid provided.

    On May 16, representatives of the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNHCR as well as the regional direction of the Tunisian health ministry visited the border delegations of Dhehiba and Remada, near the Libyan border, in the governorate of Tataouine, to find the logistical and human resources in the respective healthcare districts. According to initial reports by the UN office for humanitarian affairs OCHA, the displaced in Tripoli and the area around the city since the start of the armed conflict are 82,300.(ANSAmed).

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